Special Educational Needs (SEN)

At Highgate School we believe that Inclusion in its true form is not merely about occupying the same space as others; it is about having a meaningful role and identity within the school society and the opportunity for self-actualization!
As a mainstream school we can provide services and accommodations for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) who can be effectively included in mainstream classes giving them the opportunity to develop alongside their peer group. We provide differentiation and accommodations to support the child with special educational needs, in order to facilitate the child’s particiaption socially, academically and behaviourally within the class.

The needs of the child with SEN are balanced with those of his/her class peers through the evaluation during the enrolment process. It is expected that parents will provide the school with all necessary documents, medical and assessment reports upon application for enrolment.

Enrollment procedure and criteria for SEN status:

Once we have received and reviewed the initial documents we may require further information which we will gather using one or all of the below methods:

  1. Teachers assessments
  2. Trial day at school
  3. Other specialist evaluations as recommended

Students within the SEN support system will also undergo ongoing assessment, through the normal assessment procedure as for every child and through a formal review of needs at the end of every Key Stage.

Please contact our administration department for the list of necessary documents to proceed with registration for students with SEN.

Criteria for SEN status:

  1. SEN status children are accepted on a continuous conditional placement, which is reviewed at the end of every key stage, and can be withdrawn if the school decides that it can no longer adequately support the student’s needs.
  2. SEN status children should not function academically, more than 1 year behind their peer group and cannot be placed in a year class more than 1 year behind their chronologically appropriate class year. Normal criteria for progression and graduation apply within the scope of SEN status.
  3. SEN status children are expected to follow all mainstream activities and procedures as per all peer group children. This includes extra curricula activities, excursions and celebrations. Services and accommodations must not disrupt the education of the peer group.

Curriculum and Activities

  1. Differentiations and accommodations are aimed at enabling access to the mainstream curriculum and activities rather than providing an alternative curriculum or activity.
  2. The individual learning style of the child, the use of assistive technology, project work etc may be utilised to enhance learning. These will be reflected within the child's IEP which may include other support services such as therapies, emotional support and behaviour programmes.
  3. In addition to academic development, school activities promote social and life skills applicable to use within the school and within the wider community.

Family – school relationship

The relationship between the school and the family of all children at Highgate is based on mutual respect and joint action towards the development of the child. To this end it is expected that there will be a continuous and honest exchange of information and ideas. For those children with SEN there will be pre-determined meetings such as IEP full team meetings. Both sides should feel free to request a mutually convenient time to discuss matters related to the education of the child. Existing or new medical or psychological reports must be made available to the school.

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