At Hareclive E-Act Academy we are here to help parents understand how they can support their child if they have a special educational need and/or a disability. We are passionate about ensuring that the learning environment is inclusive and meets the needs of all of our pupils. Careful consideration is given to the curriculum in order to maintain high aspirations and expectations for all learners whilst ensuring that the right support and scaffolding is in place so that success is achieved by all.
We have a strong focus on preparing pupils for new learning and do so through a range of strategies including formative assessment, pre-teaching and using our knowledge of each and every child when planning interventions to give opportunities for overlearning. Targeted interventions are chosen carefully to maximise impact on pupil progress.
We use our positive partnerships with external agencies effectively to ensure that the graduated response is followed consistently for all pupils and advice given from professionals is acted upon.
Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at Hareclive. We have a strong, experienced team who provide staff with regular CPD opportunities so that they can ensure that the curriculum on offer is appropriate and responsive to the needs of all learners.
Staff are approachable and care for the children and the community that we serve. Families are at the heart of SEND provision and the voice of each parent is highly valued and sought regularly throughout the year as we value them as partners in their child’s learning.
What are special educational needs?
Usually called SEN, it means that a child has additional needs to the majority of children of their age and that they need extra help at school to achieve their full potential. This could be for a number of reasons and we support these needs in a variety of ways.
What is a disability?
Under the ‘Equality Act 2010’ a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on a person’s ability to do normal daily activities.
We aim to consider the individual needs of each child and work together to try to support every child. This could be for a short period or for much of their time at the academy.
Not all children with SEN are disabled, and not all disabled children have SEN. We follow the guidance in the SEND Code of Practice to help us make sure we do all that we can to meet the needs of our pupils.
As a public authority, we must, in the exercise of our functions, have due regard to the need to—
(a)eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
(b)advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
(c)foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Details of how we do this, and plan to do this further, can be found in our Academy Accessibility Plan and our Equality and Diversity Policy, both below.
How we support our pupils with special educational needs
More information about the way we identify and support our pupils can be found in the SEND Policy, our SEN Information Report and Academy Accessibility Plan. These documents set out to help parents and carers to understand what we do and how we do it, as well as the kind of support that we are able to provide.
Welcoming and preparing for disabled pupils
Where it is practicable to make reasonable adjustments to enable a prospective pupil to take up a place at the Academy and to satisfy the current admissions criteria, the Academy is committed to providing those reasonable adjustments. In order to meet the needs of disabled pupils the Academy requires full information about these needs. The Academy will ask prospective pupils to disclose whether they have received any learning support, have had an educational psychologist’s report or have any disability or other condition of which the Academy should be aware.
Where a pupil has a statement of special educational needs or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) the Academy will work with the Local Authority (LA) who makes and maintains the statement to ensure that the identified provision is delivered in an appropriate manner in additional to any other stakeholders or professionals involved with the child. In assessing the pupil or prospective pupil, the Academy may need to take advice and require assessments as appropriate. The Academy will be sensitive to any issues of confidentiality.
For more information on Bristol’s Local Offer, the online hub for 0-25 year olds with special educational needs or a disability, click here.