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Just read, gonna be okay, da da doo-doo-mmm Just read, turn that page, da da doo-doo-mmm Just read, gonna be okay, r-r-r-read Read, read, just, j-j-just read 💙💛📚 https://t.co/SOBhTKUReP

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Activity of the Week by Gibberdians: home made lava lamps 💙💛 https://t.co/sMw7t0tpPt

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Thank you SFG staff, you are amazing. https://t.co/5dzs0nR2s1

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Happy Monday 💙💛 https://t.co/BN4EHXMGtZ

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Happy ! 📚 Have you got a favourite book about Bletchley Park? Perhaps today is the day to start one of these! ⬇️ https://t.co/DZ0s8PXgTP


Our pupils have been exercising together online after their lessons. Well done Gibberdians, we are proud of you! 💙💛 https://t.co/dq0W5o6kjy

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BMAT are recruiting additional staff to support the mass testing for COVID19 across our secondary schools in Newham (London), Harlow & Epping (Essex) and Stansted (Essex). Full details and application info: https://t.co/GJjumrMOBP https://t.co/sp3KUgt9K3

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For Activity of the Week, Gibberdians are making breakfast. https://t.co/kKx41QKSNe

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ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK Have fun creating a healthy breakfast, try one of the recipes has posted in Teams. https://t.co/Ywmmu4sM6U

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Happy Monday, hope you have a good week 💙💛 https://t.co/zJbWDfbR95

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Why we teach origami: Develops hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and mental concentration. Therapeutic, boosts mental health. Well done to one of our Year 7s for her perseverance and determination. Hard work pays off. 💙💛 https://t.co/UUnoUxs7jJ

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If your child is due to start primary school in September 2021 don’t forget to submit your application by Friday 15th January. https://t.co/LdmjRjxz1a https://t.co/br6yXyWAKj

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We are reading A book that will make us glad we read it. Happy reading Gibberdians. https://t.co/cebx8pL1EV

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Democracy in action at SFG is keeping our Gibberd Council going during lockdown. Your voice matters Gibberdians, one day that voice will change the world! https://t.co/YBGoRJhzzj

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After our online lessons both staff and pupils are encouraged to: https://t.co/Q0xRvFf6EY

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We will teach you in a room We will teach you on zoom We will teach you in a house We will teach you with a mouse We will teach you here or there We will teach you because we care 💙💛 https://t.co/vHCzX5rVkt

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January at SFG is Sir Frederick Gibberd month. We celebrate his life and achievements. Our town's architect was born on 7th Jan 1908 and passed away on 9th January 1984. We are glad he built Harlow otherwise we wouldn't be here today. https://t.co/VPi26gb1SK


Thank you to all SFG staff, teaching and non-teaching, for your care, dedication and hard work. Gibberdians you are so lucky to have such incredible adults looking after you. Mrs C https://t.co/TZzgkpJoYT

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Pupil Academic Support

Our academic support programme is tailored for each individual; knowing our pupils well and monitoring their progress closely enable us to provide effective interventions for each learner.

Senior Leadership and Pupil Welfare teams monitor the development and progress of all pupils, particularly the vulnerable pupils, and provide further support as and when appropriate.

Disadvantaged Pupils

Disadvantaged pupils are identified based on their eligibility for the pupil premium. This includes pupils eligible for free school meals at any point within the past six years (Ever 6 FSM) and pupils looked after by a local authority.

To raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, we:

  • Have high expectations of all pupils.

  • Promote an ethos of attainment for all pupils, rather than stereotyping disadvantaged pupils as a group with less potential to succeed.

  • Have an individualised approach to addressing barriers to learning and emotional support, at an early stage, rather than providing access to generic support and focusing on pupils nearing their internal and external assessments.

  • Focus on high quality teaching first rather than on bolt-on strategies and activities outside school hours.

  • Focus on outcomes for individual pupils rather than on providing strategies.

  • Deploy the best staff to support disadvantaged pupils; develop skills and roles of teachers and additional adults rather than using additional staff who do not know the pupils well.

  • Make decisions based on data and respond to evidence, using frequent, rather than one-off assessment and decision points.

  • Monitor and evaluate our practice periodically.


The term EAL is used to refer to pupils whose main language at home is other than English. EAL pupils, from complete beginners to those with considerable fluency, will have varying degrees of difficulty in accessing the full curriculum and in achieving their full potential. Research has shown that those new to English will acquire conversational fluency in two years but will need a minimum of five years to achieve competence in academic English. Such pupils will need language support if they are to reach their full potential.

EAL pupils bring a new dimension to schools. They share experiences and cultures from other countries and bring an international perspective, helping their peers understand different cultures, people and points of view better. EAL pupils also have extra language skills they can share and when lessons are successfully adapted for them, EAL learners achieve well academically.

At SFG, in order to meet the needs of our EAL pupils, we:

  • Welcome and value the cultural, linguistic and educational expereinces pupils bring.

  • Implement school-wide strategies to ensure that pupils are supported in accessing the curriculum.

  •  Help pupils become confident and acquire the English language skills they need to be able to fulfil their academic potential.

  • Assess the skills and needs of pupils and support their needs.

  • Equip teachers and non-teaching staff with the knowledge, skills and resources to be able to support and monitor pupils.

  • Maintain pupils’ self-esteem and confidence by acknowledging and giving status to their skills in their own languages.

  • Expect all staff to support and develop the language skills of pupils.

  • Value diversity and ensure our classrooms are socially and intellectually inclusive.

  • Ensure our teachers are knowledgeable about pupils’ abilities and needs in English and other subjects and use this knowledge to inform their curriculum planning, classroom teaching and pupil grouping.

  • Have high expectations and ensure pupils participate in all classroom activities/tasks as well in the wider life of the school.

  • Encourage pupils to use their mother tongue when appropriate.


A child is looked after by a local authority if he/she is in their care or provided with accommodation for more than 24 hours by the authority.

This is one of the most vulnerable groups in society and it is nationally recognised that there is considerable educational underachievement when compared to their peers. These may result in under-achievement in education.

To ensure our LAC pupils are successful, we:

  • Review our school policies to ensure that pupils are not unintentionally put at a disadvantage.

  • Make sure that there are effective and well understood school procedures in place to support pupils’ learning.

  • Promote a culture in which pupils believe they can succeed and aspire to further and higher education.

  • Promote a culture in which they are able to discuss their progress, have their views taken seriously and are supported to take responsibility for their own learning.

  • Make full use of assessment to improve the short and medium term progress of pupils and help them and their teachers understand where they are in their learning, where they need to go and how to get there.

  • Ensure that they have access to academic focused study support.

  • Create good home-school links through effective communication with carers.

  • Ensure confidentiality, sharing confidential and personal information on a need to know basis, bearing in mind the wishes of the individual pupil.

SLT will regularly review:

  • The number of LAC on roll and the confirmation that they have a PEP.

  • Their attendance compared to other pupils.

  • Their attainment compared to other pupils.

  • The number, if any, of fixed term and permanent exclusions.

  • The destinations of pupils who leave the school.


Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or a disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning difficulty if they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than most children of the same age; or have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.

Provision for SEND pupils is a whole school matter at SFG, we:

  • Ensure that pupils' needs are identified early, assessed, provided for and regularly reviewed.

  • Ensure that all pupils are offered full access to a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum that sets high expectations for them regardless of their prior attainment.

  • Take the views, wishes and feelings of our pupils into account, and involve them as fully as possible in decision making about their own education.

  • Work in partnership with parents to enable them to make an active, empowered and informed contribution to their son/daughter’s education.

  • Designate a SENCO responsible for the coordinating of SEND provision.

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