Special Educational Needs

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Hampshire Local Offer

Access arrangements for exams Useful Information 

Special Educational Needs Department (SEND)

The department supports all students in the learning whether they require in class support, specific targeted teaching or individualised learning programmes.  The department provides:

  • In class support
  • Pastoral support and ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants)
  • Social skills development programme
  • Anger management programme
  • 1:1 support
  • Small group teaching
  • Alternative curriculum
  • Transition support
  • Basic diagnostic testing
  • Alternative learning programme
  • 1:1 reading schemes
  • Links to external agencies including referrals to Educational Psychologist.

For details on admission arrangements and accessibility please see our SEND Policy and Accessibility Policy and Plan which is available on request.

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Guidelines for students who are eligible for Access Arrangements 

This information is for students who are allowed access arrangements in GCSE, GCE, Entry Level & Key Skills assessments. The main access arrangements are:

  • Extra time, for candidates who work very slowly
  • Rest breaks, for poor concentration or extreme stress
  • Readers, for candidates who cannot read by themselves
  • Reading aloud, for those who have reading difficulties and can concentrate better if they can hear themselves read
  • Scribes, for very poor or slow writers who cannot write by themselves
  • Word processors, for very poor or slow writers who are used to typing
  • Transcripts of scripts which may be hard for the examiner to read
  • Prompters, for candidates who lose concentration easily
  • Oral Language Modifiers, for candidates who have problems with comprehension
  • Bilingual Dictionary, for candidates who have English as an Additional Language

Students may be able to ask for an Access Arrangement if they normally work with one or more of these arrangements.  Your child's teacher will be able to advise you.  Some arrangements involve someone helping students, for example a reader, scribe, or prompter.  This may be a person who often helps in class. 

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Useful information

Hampshire SENDIASS offer information, advice and support on issues relating to a child or young person’s special educational needs or disability. The service is free, confidential and impartial. You can click here to watch a video that explains more about how they work with families.  Sometimes information is not enough. You may want help to gather information, make sense of it and apply it to your own situation. Hampshire SENDIASS is there to provide advice, and they offer this service by email, on the telephone and through work with groups. 

Their opening hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, and on Fridays 9am-4pm.  You can contact them on 0808 164 5504 or via email info@hampshiresendiass.co.uk external link icon.  

Hampshire Parent Carer Network (HPCN) offers parent/carers of children and young people, aged 0-25 with additional needs (diagnosed or not) or disability, the opportunity to tell the Local Authority, Health and other services, what life is really like.  When you join as a member of HPCN, you can access sessions, events and training opportunities. There is a monthly newsletter full of information and ways to get involved. The best part is you can choose how little or how much you want to be involved. You can complete a survey here and there, come to a local session or join as a parent representative.   To join, go to: https://hpcn.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2f04c431b9ff23f7fe135d9b0&id=411d1c1d1b external link icon

Parent Reps and Steering Group - Parent representatives attend several meetings and work streams with Hampshire County Council and other key stakeholders such as Health. Parent/carers attend these meetings to give first-hand experience and input to the decision makers; representing the views of parents across Hampshire. Full training is given, and the team will support you. If you would be interested in participating directly, please do email participation@hpcn.org.uk for a chat.

There is also a steering group who manage the strategic running of the forum and future direction. Again, if this interests you or you would like to find out more, email participation@hpcn.org.uk.

Social media - There is a very active Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HampshireParentCarerNetwork external link icon.  This page is updated regularly with lots of helpful info like consultations, session dates and more. However, as well as this, there are 8 local pages across the districts in the County. On these pages, parents are able to offer peer support, share experiences and share local information. To find your district, search HPCN Share Together followed by your district (e.g. New Forest, Havant, East Hants)

Events - HPCN run regular events to support parent/carers and to share ideas experiences. For the Autumn term, all events are taking place online. Full details of events can be found on their website: http://www.hpcn.org.uk/events-meetings/ external link icon

These include:

  • Get-togethers - a way to meet and share ideas with other parents in your local area over tea or coffee. With occasional guest speakers, these sessions are largely to allow you to have an opportunity to have your say in a relaxed environment. http://www.hpcn.org.uk/what-we-do/ external link icon
  • Future in Mind - For parents with children or young people who are struggling with their mental health. If your child is attending or waiting to attend CAMHS, then these meetings allow you to share strategies and experiences with other parents and keep up to date with CAMHS. http://www.hpcn.org.uk/information/ External link icon
  • Meet the SEN Team - An opportunity to meet representatives from Education, Health and Social care to ask your questions.  Workshop training and opportunities to learn more about matters such as the EHCP process, annual reviews etc.
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UPDATED: 22 November 2021