Inclusive education means supporting all pupils to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of school life alongside their peers. Our curriculum includes, not only the formal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum / National Curriculum, but also a range of additional opportunities to enrich the experiences of all pupils.
The Curriculum also included the social aspects that are essential for lifelong learning, personal growth and development of independence.
St. John’s School prides itself in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that appropriate to their abilities. We understand that children learn and develop in different ways and at times, when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. All Teachers and Support Assistants in school recognise this and use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work to cater for the various ways children learn. At St. Johns we:
- Change the way activities are planned and delivered.
- Matching activities to the ability / need of each child (differentiation).
- Adapting learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs.
- Offer small group support or one to one teaching to promote skills identified in the child’s Support Plan.
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is appropriate to their needs.
- Help pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- Work in partnership with parents/carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- Try to identify all children that need special consideration to support their needs at the earliest opportunity.
- Make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- Promote self-worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
- To regularly review the policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.
- For children working well below age-related expectations we use Pre-Key Stage interim levels to track progress.
We promote independence and like to encourage this at all ages and levels to develop confidence and self-esteem.