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How we work

At Avanti House, we believe that all children are uniquely gifted and talented. To this end, we will encourage and support them on their journey. However, we also recognise that many students during their time at school experience difficulties which may include dyslexia, autism, low self-esteem or a more generalised learning difficulty. Whatever the student's talents or needs, we are genuinely committed to enabling each student to grow and develop to reach their full potential.

Interventions we can provide include:

  • Life skills maths
  • 1:1 reading support
  • Social skills groups
  • Gifted and talented workshops
  • Mentoring
  • Confidence boosting groups
  • Catch-up literacy programmes
  • Maths support and extension

Working with parents/carers and family members is at the heart of what we do and we work flexibly to ensure that each child is viewed holistically in order to best meet their needs. We work in genuine partnership with parents and are committed to listening to their views. We also provide support to parents through regular parent clinics, drop-in sessions and workshops. In addition, a range of agencies such as the educational psychology service, the speech and language service and Child and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) work in tandem with us to best support our students.

 


What to do if you have a concern about your child

We can help with:

  • Supporting your child’s learning
  • Encouraging independence
  • Boosting confidence/self-esteem
  • Establishing positive behaviour strategies

Please contact us and we can work together to resolve any issues which may be worrying you or your child. To make an appointment please contact Celia Georgiou:

020 8249 6830 / cecilia.georgiou@avanti.org.uk

 


The Team

Head of Inclusion – Dr Susanna Pinkus

Dr Susi Pinkus is the Head of the Inclusion Department. She is passionate about working with families, young people and all matters of parenting. As a practising teacher of twenty years and as an academic and writer, she specialises in the field of special education and has particular interest and skills in working with young people who have low self-esteem, anxiety or who are identified as having Autistic Spectrum Disorder. She writes widely on a range of educational matters and her first book, 'How to create a parent friendly school' (LDA Publications) was published in 2006. Susi is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

 

Higher Level Teaching Assistant – Mrs Celia Georgiou

Celia Georgiou is a highly experienced Higher Level Teacher Teaching Assistant who is totally committed to bringing out the best in every student so that they are able to access the curriculum and are happy at school. Celia runs small group sessions, provides mentoring and oversees all aspects of administration within the Inclusion Department. She also works in tandem with Dr Pinkus with regards to child protection matters. Celia enjoys working across the primary and secondary school age ranges within the school.

 

Keyworker – Mrs Janice Hughes

Janice Hughes is a keyworker who runs our social skills workshops and provides in-class support to individuals and small groups of students. Janice has specialist expertise in working with students who have with emotional and behavioural difficulties and she has a real passion for working with children on the Autistic Spectrum and supporting their families. Prior to spending the past 6 years working in schools, Janice was a PA with 15 years of experience working in psychiatry.

 

Teaching Assistant – Ms Paula Soiza

Paula has had eight years of experience working as a teaching assistant.  Paula provides in-class support and 1:1 support for statemented students aswell as bringing expertise with her in working with students who have EAL. Paula greatly enjoys working with young people and over the years, she has worked with children who have a range of learning needs and she has particular skills in working with students on the Autistic Spectrum, particularly those with Aspergers' Syndrome.

 

Teaching Assistant – Mrs Rachel Rickayzen

Rachel brings to Avanti House a range of skills and experience. In addition to being a trained mediator, she has also trained in 'conflict coaching'. Rachel  runs small group interventions, particularly in literacy and maths. She also provides in-class support and provides

 

Teaching Assistant – Mr Edward Arghebant

Ed joined Avanti House School in September 2014 to join the Inclusion Team. Ed is currently in his final year at Middlesex University studying for a BA in Education and Learning. He splits his time between the primary and secondary schools. Ed has been working in schools for the past twelve years. He will be leaving at the end of this academic year to pursue his ‘dream job’ of becoming a primary class teacher.

 


Services local to Harrow

The website below sets out the services and support available in Harrow for children and young people under the age of 25 with special educational needs and those who are disabled.

'Local Offer' – Guide to services »

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