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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Our Learning Skills department leads our provision for boys with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Dr Susanna Pinkus, our Head of Learning Skills, manages a team of SEND specialist teachers who support boys identified as having additional learning requirements.

The team works in tandem with House Masters, Masters and the rest of the School community to ensure that boys' needs are understood and met during their time at Harrow. Working in partnerships with parents is integral, and we warmly welcome their views. The voice of the boys is also central.

Although the School does not have the facilities to offer highly specialised and intensive provision, the SEND team supports boys with a wide range of needs which include Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Auditory Processing Difficulties and Dysgraphia. Provision is carefully considered for each boy and, where appropriate, a bespoke plan of support is established. This may include individual or group lessons, extra assistance 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 SEND team at any point in their time at Harrow. Through referral from a House Master, Master, Tutor or parent, we can arrange for boys to be assessed for Dyslexia and other conditions which may impact on learning. The provision of access arrangements for examinations is also co-ordinated by the Head of Learning Skills and determined by the Access Arrangements Board.

Parents considering Harrow for a boy with SEND should discuss their sons’ needs with the Registrar before registering, and provide reports from educational psychologists, medical professionals or other suitably qualified assessors.