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Learning Support

'Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire'  W.B.Yeats 

The Learning Support Department aims to ensure that all students irrespective of age, ability, ethnicity, language, class or background fulfil their potential. All students have a right to a broad and balanced curriculum which will meet their needs and which allows progression and coherence throughout the Key Stages. The Learning Support Department will support the students by advising on differentiation in all subject areas and will also offer in-class support to some identified groups. We acknowledge that outside influences may affect academic achievement for some students and, with this in mind the Department will support social and behavioural issues in line with school policy.

The department also works closely with the Examination Officer to ensure that all students with a long term disability or learning need have fair and equal access for public examinations. Please refer to our Access arrangements for further details. Students who have a temporary condition (e.g. medical/injury) are also supported.

The department works closely with a number of outside agencies such as Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychologist, Minority Ethnic Curriculum Support Service, Counsellors, Advisory Teachers, Outreach and Reintegration Support Workers, Asylum, Refugee and Traveller Team, School Health Advisors etc. We also work in conjunction with other educational establishments and work places. We have a specific location available for students at lunchtimes, where they may get support from Learning Support Assistants or use the facilities to catch up work or do homeworks. Students who are at School Action Plus or Statemented are offered a Key Worker from the Learning Support Department who they will meet with on a regular basis.

There are opportunities to speak to the Learning Support Department at all parent evenings by appointment.  Parents/carers are able to call or e-mail at any time for further discussions. The SENCO is the named Autism Lead and Mental Health Lead at Hitchin Girls’ School.

Whilst every effort is made to gain information from primary feeder schools before a student arrives at Hitchin Girls' School, we would strongly advise that, if you have any concerns at all about special additional needs or any other issues, that you contact Mrs. E. Cave  on 01462621300 or email  elizabeth.cave@hgs.herts.sch.uk

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