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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Our Learning Skills department leads our provision for boys who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Dr Susanna Pinkus, our Head of Learning Skills and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo), manages our team of SEND specialist teachers who support boys identified as having additional learning requirements.

The Learning Skills department works in tandem with House Masters, Masters and the rest of the School community to ensure that boys' strengths and needs are understood, and met during their time at Harrow. Working in partnership with both parents and boys is integral to this process and we warmly welcome and encourage their views.

Harrow is an inclusive school and the Learning Skills team supports boys with a wide range of strengths and needs which include dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, and  attentional difficulties. Provision is carefully considered on a case-by-case basis for each boy and, where appropriate, a bespoke plan of support is established. This may include individual or group lessons, extra assistance or differentiation in the form room, or additional help with prep or study skills.

Although some boys transfer to the School with existing diagnoses and assessments, boys can also be referred to the Learning Skills  team at any point in their time at Harrow. Through referral from a House Master, Master, Tutor or parent, we can arrange assessments which will help identify how the boy may learn best and how to address any areas of need.

The provision of access arrangements for examinations is also co-ordinated by the Head of Learning Skills and determined by the School’s Access Arrangements Board.

Parents considering Harrow for a boy who has SEND needs are encouraged to discuss their son’s needs with the Registrar before registering.