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North Herts
Education Support Centre

Annual Report 2016-17

North Herts Support Services 2016 -17

The Secondary Support Services team at North Herts Education Support Centre has continued to work closely with all North Herts’ mainstream secondary schools to ensure students’ needs are met appropriately and have been able to successfully maintain a low number of permanent exclusions in the North Herts area.

During 2016-17 there was only 1 Permanent Exclusion and 44 incidences of Fixed Term Exclusions (26 pupils) scattered across the four partnerships. The Secondary team also continues to work closely with the NHESC on-site staff to support any Managed Moves to the Centre to avoid pupils being permanently excluded from their mainstream schools in North Herts.

Support Services workers are able to offer schools advice and training as well as individualised pupil support programmes for those identified as having high needs.

In September 2016 the year began with 37 active referrals and 30 students being monitored; by July 2017 this number was 57 on active support with 24 being monitored. During the year the Service received 54 referrals for support including 13 supported by Reintegration into their new North Hertfordshire secondary schools.

Year Groups

The year groups needing support is split in a fairly predictable way; the highest percentage (26%) being Year 7, a year group that includes students  being supported in the transition from Primary school to Secondary education, and Year 9 (23%) where students often struggle prior to making their KS4 options.

Vulnerable Groups Breakdown

All referrals to the North Herts Secondary Support Service are assessed on a ‘High-Needs’ criteria and as such are not affected by Gender, Ethnicity, or Free School Meal eligibility.

The Gender breakdown for the 2016-2017 academic year was 77% male to 23% female – a more male heavy figure than the NHESC student cohort, however this could possibly mean that the more needy females of the North Herts secondary cohort are bypassing the Support Services intervention and coming straight to the NHESC on-site programmes.

Partnership Breakdown

17% of the supported students were from Royston, 17% from Baldock partnership, 39% from Letchworth and 27% were from Hitchin.


The majority of Leavers came from the cohort of pupils whose support had drawn to a natural conclusion because the aims of support had been reached. These pupils were moved onto the Monitoring level for three terms prior to their files being archived within the Support Services’ department.

Former Pupils’ Destinations

Out of a total of 77 Year 11 students who had been supported by the Support Services department during their mainstream education, 57 were still within the North Herts area at the end of Year 11.

Of these 57: 66.7% (38) progressed to an apprenticeship, employment or remained in education; of the 47.4% (27) remaining in education 74.1% (20) went to colleges and 25.9% (7) progressed to sixth forms.