All children who attend Horizons have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP). This is a statutory document which outlines all their needs (including health) and the educational provision they require. Within the plan are targets and outcomes for the children to work towards/achieve. We have regular meetings to discuss targets and an annual review, where everyone involved each child is invited.
The children’s primary need in their EHCP is Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH). SEMH needs are a type of Special Educational Need (SEN) in which children (and adults) have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour. They often show inappropriate responses and feelings to situations.
Horizons RP is for Primary aged children. We recognise that all pupils have their own individual styles of learning and different strengths and weaknesses.
Our key aim is to offer a safe base for children where they can get support with their feelings and behaviour. We support the children to develop positive strategies to manage their emotions.
We support children with their social skills through specific interventions and daily activities. We encourage the children to build positive relationships with adults and their peers, in the RP and in the wider school community.
All staff are highly skilled to meet the needs of all the children in Horizons.
We closely monitor the children’s attainment and progress to ensure targets are being met. If we feel extra support is needed, referrals can be made to other professionals e.g. Bradford Learning or Behavioural support service.
We work in partnership with the mainstream school to ensure an integrated and inclusive approach to learning for all our children. Although our children do have additional social, emotional and mental health needs, it is recognised that many of our children could manage a proportion of their learning in the mainstream classrooms, with the right support. When the children are ready, they will access the curriculum both in the RP and the mainstream school as guided by the suggested ‘provision’ section in the EHCP. This will be gradually increased, based on the needs of each child.