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‘Slow! Free range children!’ reads the sign as you drive in. These fortunate youngsters get to use every inch of the 33 acre site – no wonder no child leaves without expert skills in den making, bug hotels, pond maintenance and tree climbing, among other outdoor pursuits. SEN taken seriously, with 25 per cent on the learning support register, the vast majority undiagnosed eg issues with working memory, concentration, dyslexic tendencies etc. ‘We’re not hung up on a diagnosis,’ says head. Sport really matters. Everyone gets…

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Since 2009, Ian Raybould BEd ALCM NPQH (50s). Decided on a career in teaching while he was volunteering in South Africa’s Soweto township during the apartheid – ‘I’d just left school myself, but the children seemed to respond well to me,’ he says (modesty is a strong point – a far cry from the stereotypical alpha male heads we sometimes meet). Studied music and education (4-12 years) at University College, Winchester and London College of Music; taught at King’s College, Madrid, where he was head of music and boarding; head of first IAPS prep school in Spain. As an ISI inspector (including for accreditation of British schools overseas), he visits prep, senior and international schools (the last one was in Kenya).

Back in the UK, his headship is about as far...

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Special Education Needs

Yarlet's Learning Support Department works with any children who may require help. Our dedicated learning support teacher is based in the main school building and works closely with all other members of the academic staff. In pre-prep, all children are screened for learning difficulties which ensures that any support which may be required is provided sooner rather than later. However, if concerns arise at a later stage, a child may be referred to the department at any time. Children generally receive support within their normal lessons although it is sometimes beneficial to work with children on a one-to-one or small group basis. All such arrangements are discussed and agreed with parents in advance. Target setting is central to helping children to make progress and support plans are carefully formulated and agreed with parents. The work of the department is very much a partnership with parents and our learning support yeacher is always happy to discuss progress, targets and strategies. There is normally no additional charge for group learning support when this is provided by our learning support teacher or other Yarlet staff. However, where the level of support required is one-to-one or when it exceeds what is typically delivered in-house, the additional support provided is chargeable. When an EHC Plan is in place, some or all of this charge may be covered by the local authority; in all other cases, this is added to pupils' accounts. Additional support varies from child to child and is aimed at meeting individual needs. Yarlet works with educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, autism outreach, occupational therapists and Dyslexia Action. Agencies and specialist teachers sometimes bill parents directly for individual tuition or assessments. Parents will be expected to absorb the cost of any specialist report or assessment that is required by the school, where it is not funded by others such as the NHS or local authority.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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