Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Our aims with regards to SEND Children
We believe that all children are entitled to an appropriate broad and balanced education. To this end we try to give our children, including those with SEND, the skills that will enable them to be fully included in the life of the academy. It is our belief that the inclusion of SEND children brings benefits to everyone, as all children can learn from one another and all are valued, regardless of ability or disability.
We aim, through inclusion, to promote respect and understanding for all pupils regardless of ability or disability. We expect that all our children will benefit from a policy of inclusion; that children will realise that there are others with special needs different to their own and that these children are equal members of our academy. Conversely we consider it important that all our pupils (including those with special educational needs) feel themselves to be equal members of our academy. To this end we promote considering other children as role models. We encourage all the children to have high aspirations for themselves and to have pride in their achievements. This is reinforced by private recognition and public celebration of achievements. Integration is achieved practically by differentiation in the classroom, by specific arrangements for individual children at playtimes, mealtimes and when moving around academy. There is a whole academy response towards some children when this is considered appropriate.
We aim to enable all of our children to have access to as broad and balanced a curriculum as possible. Work in all subject areas is differentiated to enable all children to succeed and make progress from their own starting point. All members of the teaching staff consider themselves to be Special Needs teachers. Children and adults alike value each other, whatever their abilities or disabilities.