Special Education Needs (SEN)
Education is a legal, obligatory requirement for all children from 5 years to 16 years of age. It is the responsibility of education institutes to provide this service without infringing the rights of a few based on their physical/psychological requirements. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Disability Discrimination Order 2006 work in conjunction with The Equality Act 2010 to ensure that those recognised as having a form of ‘disability’ are given fair and equal opportunities.
Disabled by definition is ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect’ on ones ‘ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’ In addition to this ‘a condition which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on someone’s ability to take part in normal social interaction or in forming social relationships can constitute a disability.’
This legislation requires educational establishments to consider the physical, psychological and emotional welfare of those students who are recognised as ‘disabled’ and to make reasonable adjustments in order to cater for their needs.
The values of New Horizon Community School in regards to its teaching and practises are influenced entirely by Islam. Encouraging students to respect and pursue knowledge is Islam as is caring and nurturing for their spiritual development. Isolating or neglecting a child as a result of a physical or psychological disability is not a practise that can be condoned. The Governing Body at NHCS will make ‘reasonable adjustments’ where possible to establish fair access to ‘education and associated services.’
The responsibility of ensuring that regulations pertaining to matters of equality and discrimination are those of NHCs’s Governing Body. Their main responsibilities will involve:
- structural changes as deemed ‘reasonable’.
- monitoring the recruitment process to ensure all candidates have equal opportunities to apply.
- monitoring the admissions procedure to ensure all students have equal access to school services.
- ensure the policy is reviewed every three years.
A Teaching Assistant is placed with those students who are most vulnerable and in need of support. We will from September 2013 have two Teaching Assistants available to support students and we will have additional assistance through volunteers (who have been selected to join our
school community through our rigorous recruitment process). New Horizon Community School is an independent school that relies on annual fees and charitable donations by the community and its generous supporters. Though the school is financially restricted to respond to more challenging requirements, every effort will be made to meet the requirements of those that they can.
Our school building does have wheelchair access, which leads to: the reception, the visitor’s toilet, the Prayer Hall and The Media Room. Access will be available to the gym from the back entrance but there is as of yet no access to the first floor.
Please contact the school and arrange a meeting with the Head Teacher to discuss issues relating to ‘disability’ and how the school can support your child. Our objective is to protect the welfare of every child.