Learning support

The Learning Support Faculty at Harrogate Grammar School is highly regarded. The Faculty Leader, who is also the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), is responsible for ensuring that ‘additional needs’ are identified as early as possible so that appropriate assessment, advice and provision can be implemented without delay. The impact of any advice or intervention is carefully monitored and kept under review whilst the full involvement of young people and their families is at the heart of everything we do at every stage in the process.

There is a diverse range of ‘additional needs’ found within the school. For example, some students may require additional support or curricular adaptations if their home language is not English. A student with a medical condition may need support to help with reintegration after a long period of absence. Young people who are lacking in confidence may benefit from self-esteem work or from joining a social skills group.

For the group of students who are described as having Special Educational Needs because their additional needs are more complex, please see the separate section of the web-site for more detailed information about our SEN provision.

The Faculty Leader is supported by a strong team of highly qualified specialist teachers and teaching and learning assistants (TLAs) whose experience and bespoke training enable them to deliver high quality and high impact support and intervention. This includes a behaviour specialist, trained counsellors, as well as specialists in dyslexia, dyspraxia and autistic spectrum condition. Every teaching assistant has a strong link with an academic faculty which allows them to develop expertise within subject areas. Also, TLAs are attached to pastoral year groups and are part of the House System, thereby ensuring that they are fully involved in all aspects of school life.

We work closely with our external professional partners from Education, Health and Social Care as well as consulting voluntary agencies and specialist charities such as the National Autistic Society. This collaborative, multi-agency approach ensures that our assessments, advice and interventions are well- informed by experts in each field.

There is a modern and welcoming Learning Support Base which consists of a suite of rooms, smaller tutorial areas and a specialist literacy area. At break and lunchtime we operate a ‘safe haven’, on a referral basis, for vulnerable students who may find unstructured time overwhelming or for those who need support with social interaction skills.

We are a vibrant, dynamic and forward-looking Faculty, committed to ensuring the success of our young people who have additional needs. Through carefully tailored and closely monitored provision, we aim to support and enhance the inspirational teaching and learning that is characteristic of the school in its quest to ensure ‘excellence for all’.

If you would like more information about the work of the Learning Support Faculty, please contact:

Viv Bednarczyk

Email: vlb@harrogategrammar.co.uk