Holloway School is committed to meeting the needs of all students, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. The school follows the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001) and uses the same definition of SEN i.e. that students have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. Students have a learning difficulty if they:
a) Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.
b) Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.
The SEN Policy reflects the fundamental principles of the SEN Code of Practice. The aims of the SEN policy are:-
- To enable students with special educational needs to have their needs met.
- To enable students with special educational needs to achieve their best and reach their full potential.
- To encourage good communication with parents of children with special educational needs.
- To provide full access to a broad and balanced curriculum for students with special educational needs.
The implementation of the SEN Code of Practice is the responsibility of all staff in the school. All teachers are teachers of SEN. The Head of SEN and the Key Stage 3 SEN Coordinator (SENCo) have responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the policy, assisted by 3 SEN Teachers and a team of 5 SEN Teaching Assistants.
Identification of students with SEN
Holloway School identifies students with SEN prior to their entry or as soon as possible thereafter. This is carried out in the following ways:-
- Islington’s Primary Transfer Conference in the summer term gives information from all feeder primary schools on the Year 6 cohort about to transfer to Holloway.
- Individual admissions interviews with each student and their parent.
- Information from Cognitive Abilities Tests in the summer term prior to entry.
- Reading Tests taken at the beginning of Year 7.
- Further SEN departmental tests and assessments in the first half-term.
- Primary school records (or previous school records in the case of students admitted to Holloway after the beginning of Year 7).
How we support students with special educational needs:
SEN English & Maths groups - for small groups of Year 7 students who may struggle in mainstream English & Maths lessons, the SEN department can withdraw them from these lessons to work in a small group with SEN teachers.
- Booster lessons for literacy or numeracy – students can be withdrawn from one or two lessons per week for extra support with basic skills.
- In-class support – SEN teachers and Teaching Assistants work in mainstream lessons to help groups of students with SEN access the curriculum.
- “Units of Sound” – a computer based phonics programme for students with dyslexia.
- The SEN department can also refer to outside agencies such as Educational Psychology, CAMHS, Speech & Language Therapy and Local Authority advisory teachers.
- A summary of the needs of all students on the SEN register is written as part of the “SEN Information for Staff”, so all teachers and support staff are aware of the needs of the students in their classes and can therefore differentiate accordingly.
Please see our SEN Information Report (below) for further information on the inclusion of students with SEN. Full details of the school’s SEN Policy is available on request from the office. Parents who have concerns about their child’s special educational needs or disability can contact the Head of SEN or the Key Stage 3 SENCo on 020 7689 1490.