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Early Help Offer

At Hadleigh High School, we recognise the importance of early help to offer support to meet the needs of students. Early Help is everybody's responsibility: together we will make sure that children, young people and their families are safe, happy and ready for school, work and life's challenges.

Early Help means better outcomes for children and families. Effective Early Help will resolve problems before they become overwhelming and require high cost, reactive services. Early Help enables children to be ready for school and more likely to achieve their full potential.

Ofsted recognised that the Student Support within Hadleigh High School was good, noting the comprehensive support and guidance we offer, to ensure that the personal well-being of our students is catered for, and that barriers to learning can be removed. We recognise the importance of working with families in supporting young people and much of our early help offer is made in conjunction with support offered to families in our school community.

Early Help Intervention

Year Group/Target Group

Summary of intervention

Learning Mentor


Learning Mentor to work on a one to one basis with students who have an identified need, whether that be social, emotional, behavioural or academic

Form Tutor


All students have an allocated for tutor who they see on a daily basis. This is their first point of contact for any issues, and parents also have email access to their child's tutor, In addition, there are scheduled parental meetings, but parents are encouraged to liaise more regularly as required. Tutors are responsible for overseeing the academic and pastoral well-being of their group, and liaising with other staff within the school as required to ensure that the appropriate support is in place as soon as a need is identified.

Head of Year/School


All students have an allocated Head of Year/School who can work with students on prioritising academic subjects, working on mapping revision and ensuring that provision is in place to make the best academic progress, including supporting the student to access other help if needed.

School Nursing Team


School nurses available on a weekly basis (Monday) to see students with medical or well-being needs who are referred by their Head of Year/School.



A service the school buys into which provides short term counselling (6-8 weeks) to provide emotional support with general issues.

CISS (County Inclusion Support Service)


This is an outreach service for Suffolk mainstream schools seeking additional support for students with a diagnosis of ASD, traits of ASD but no diagnosis, social and communication difficulties, social, emotional and mental health difficulties and all associated behaviours.

Personalised Timetable


Students who have particular medical needs, whether this is linked to physical or mental health, may be offered a bespoke timetable in conjunction with advice from their hospital consultant. In addition, some students are offered a bespoke timetable to meet their particular needs, whether on a temporary basis, or a permanent basis, on a case-by-case basis.

Literacy Intervention

Years 7 and 8

75 minutes per fortnight, taken from MFL allocation to focus on reading confidence, comprehension, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

LSC Lunch Club


A safe space within the LSC where students can come to have their lunch away from main areas on the ground floor, some of the students that attend benefit from social interaction, reduced sensory stimulation and adult support with eating and communicating.

Homework Club


Homework support Tuesday to Thursday in the LSC until 4pm. Staff are on hand to support with guidance and resources.

External Agency Support


The school work closely with external agencies to access additional support where appropriate, for example, behaviour support, CAF/TAC, family support workers, social workers, Triple P Parenting Programme, local police and PCSO, and Diversion Programme