SEND & Provision
Welcome to Fareham Academy's SEND Information Report
Here at Fareham Academy we have high aspirations and expectations for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. We aim to supply provision to ensure all students achieve their best, have high self-esteem and are able to successfully transition into adulthood. We
strive to put in place reasonable adjustments so that students with special educational needs and/or disabilities can be equally included in school life.
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Hearing Impaired Resource Unit
Fareham Academy is one of only two schools in Hampshire that are specialists in supporting Hearing Impaired Students and has a specialist state of the art Hearing Impaired Unit. Our ethos at Fareham Academy is one of inclusion and we are totally committed to ensuring that all of our Hearing Impaired students reach their full academic potential. We feel this can only fully be achieved through integration into mainstream classes.
Throughout their journey at Fareham Academy, all Hearing Impaired students are given expert educational and pastoral support by a team of dedicated, experienced and highly skilled staff and a highly skilled interpreter. The unit is available to all Hearing Impaired students at all times; including before and after school and at specific times in the day according to the student’s individual needs.
Hearing impaired students are placed in tutor groups and classes in the same way as all other pupils in the school, and additional time is set aside for lesson preparation and reinforcement before and after school each day. This time enables students to study lesson plans, clarify new concepts, and revise subject specific vocabulary.
For any other questions or enquiries, please contact our SENCo Miss Hollis.
Programmes of study are tailored to meet the individual student’s needs, so while some students need Sign Language Support, other students may occasionally work one-to-one or in small groups, allowing for quieter conditions and thus enabling a greater focused attention on language skills. Time for conversation is also incorporated into the day and communication and receptive skills are encouraged. During class, students are supported by a specialist team of Learning Support Assistants and Communication Support Assistants, each employed with background knowledge in specific subjects. The role of all of the HIRA team can take many forms depending on individual student’s needs. They are there to ensure assignments or instructions in class have been clearly understood and to monitor the student’s level of understanding and progress.
We work closely with external agencies to support our hearing impaired students. We are supported by a deaf instructor, who works with students and staff alike to raise deaf awareness at our school. In addition, they also spends time in our Hearing Impaired Resource Area working with our hearing impaired students preparing them for the world beyond education and providing fundamental life skills.
The Hearing Impaired Resourced Area can be found upstairs in E block. It is a sound proofed area for deaf students with both hearing aids and cochlear implants.
Please feel free to make an appointment with any of our HIRA team to visit our unit or to ask any further questions.