At Honywood, we support and value the abilities of all our learners. We are committed to inclusion within the school curriculum and participation in all aspects of school life. Honywood adopts a ‘whole school approach’ to special educational needs where all staff work to ensure the inclusion of all learners through our Capital Enhancing Curriculum. As a secondary mainstream provision principally offering a range of GCSE subjects, it is anticipated that in the main most SEND can be met through reasonable adjustments and Quality First Teaching (QFT). Our curriculum design aims to promote independence in learning, authenticate learning and intrigue learners. Our aim is to negate the need for withdrawal or removal of any aspect of the curriculum to a learner as a result of SEND. Teachers and support staff are provided with personalised support strategies for each learner and these are updated as their learning needs evolve throughout their time at the school. The school responds to the changing needs of these learners and the SEND team welcomes the views of teachers, support staff, parents/carers and the youngsters themselves in helping shape the support they receive.
Honywood is one of four secondary school in Essex with a purpose-built autism support centre (ASC). The ASC at Honywood provides 15 places, these are funded by Essex County Council. All applications for admission to the ASC are made though the local Statutory Assessment Service team who are responsible for initiating and managing the statutory assessment process, issuing and reviewing Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and arranging provision and placements for learners with statements/EHCPs. This team works closely with the school to ensure places are allocated in accordance with need. As this is a separately funded resource, use of the ASC by autistic learners who attend the mainstream provision is at the discretion of the SENCO with responsibility for the ASC.