At Willington Primary School every child is recognised as a unique individual within our school family. We celebrate and welcome the differences within our school community and have ‘No Outsiders’. We pride ourselves in being inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. Our aim is to support all pupils, wherever possible, to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of school life alongside their peers.
‘Parents and carers are appreciative of your successful efforts to create a caring school community. One expressed the opinions of many, when writing, ‘Willington is a very inclusive school in which the focus is very much on the well-being of the children as well as on academic results.’ Ofsted 2018
All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and pace that is appropriate to their abilities. When it is appropriate to do so, we may adopt inclusive practices in order to meet the needs of individual pupils. Some of the actions we may take to achieve this are:
- Quality First Teaching
- A range of different teaching and learning styles
- A range of whole class, small group and 1:1 teaching
- Differentiated teaching, materials and resources
- Additional support in class or out of class
- Access to technology
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- To 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 work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To regularly review the policy, procedures and practice in order to achieve best practice.
The curriculum includes, not only the formal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum, but also a range of additional opportunities to enrich the experiences of all pupils. At Willington Primary School we believe that every child should enjoy their education and be happy, healthy and safe at school. Our curriculum aims to equip our pupils with a full range of skills that will allow them to be lifelong and successful learners. Our curriculum offers a wide range of inspiring, engaging and exploratory learning experiences, that includes developing cultural capital through planned activities, such as school trips.
The Curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for lifelong learning, personal growth and development of independence at all ages and abilities. By encouraging independence at all age and ability levels we endeavour to develop confidence, improve self-esteem and promote enthusiasm in all our pupils.
At Willington Primary we ensure that all children are offered the opportunity to participate in activities outside the classroom as well as extra-curricular activities. Reasonable adjustments are made to enable children with SEND to access a full curriculum and to enrich the experiences of all pupils. We are prepared to seek advice, resources, equipment and training in order to provide high quality experiences for all our children. For example, we ensure SEND children have an appropriate level of adult support if going out of school, we organise transport that provides appropriate access and staff complete a comprehensive risk assessment of any excursion to ensure all children are safe and included.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.