A fully inclusive environment

We are committed to provide equal educational opportunities to all children, regardless of their abilities, backgrounds, or experiences.

Our classrooms are inclusive and recognise and value the diversity of children and create a learning environment where all pupils feel supported, valued, and challenged.

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We use a variety of teaching methods and materials that cater to the diverse learning needs of children. This can include using visual aids, hands-on activities, and technology to help students understand and engage with the material.

By fostering a positive, supportive, and inclusive learning environment, inclusive classrooms help children develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Every one of our classes has an Inclusion Trolley packed full of resources. Inclusion trolley resources help to make sure that all children have access to tools that help them to be ready to learn. These resources help children with self-regulation, focus and attention.

Our Inclusion Trolley resources include

Inclusion trolley

Fidget Resources

Fidget tools, sometimes referred to as sensory tools or fidget toys, are designed to help with self-regulation. Fidgets come in a variety of formats and have been shown to help children focus, relax and maintain attention to instructions.

Weighted Resources

Weighted resources help to provide constant, even, deep pressure input, creating a reassuring feeling to children.

Ear Defenders

Easy access to the ear defenders will reduce anxiety that the child might experience about possible trigger events, and enable them to have control over their auditory/hearing environment; however it is important that children are exposed to challenging sounds in a way that enables them to learn how to cope

Other Resources

Sensory timers are great in any classroom, but can be very helpful for children with autism, ADHD, sensory focus, hyperactivity issues, or anyone who is just distracted or anxious about the ticking numbers in our other timers. Now and next boards help with understanding the organisation of tasks and the school day.

Speech and Language

Speech  

We are committed to identifying and intervening with children with an identified speech need.  This is through work on a 1:1 basis with children.  We work on speech sound development using a range of strategies: 

  • Cued articulation
  • Language through colour
  • Play based games.  

The aim of these interventions and strategies are to give children the skills they need to be able to communicate with their peers and adults.   

Language 

Working with children 1:1 and small group focussing on language development.  Language needs are identified through classroom observations and the Language Link assessment.   

We use a mixture of resources like Language for thinking, Pictoys and black sheep press, which are used by the NHS, as well as visuals to support play based games.

School Games Mark

We are very proud to hold the silver school games mark and will be applying for a gold school games mark throughout this academic year. Here is how it supports inclusion within our school:

  • Supporting year 6 children with transition to secondary school by targeting children in roles of responsibility. Year 6 transition support through sport to local secondary schools and to build those relationships.
  • broadening our children’s awareness of sports by offering regular lessons that promote competitive opportunities and opportunities to join in. Sports include: Boccia/ curling/ goalball. 
  • lessons are developed to support all students.
  • local inter-competitions and festivals have foci that allows us to support all students: Social Me festivals allow the children who would normally choose to sit out of PE have opportunities to thrive and be exposed to a variety of sports they may not have experienced: examples have included local rugby competitions/ judo competitions.
  • Competitive Me: allows abled children to thrive and excel in a competitive environment with both allowing the children to develop sportsmanship and fair play.

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Understand more about how we provide a fully inclusive environment.

SEND

We are committed to delivering a fully inclusive environment by providing equitable opportunities for all. Our approach is underpinned by our core values of collaboration, inclusion, ambition, innovation and nurture.

We believe that all children have the right to succeed and we aim to meet the individual needs of our pupils at all times. There will be no barriers to achievement within our learning community and our teachers will build strong relationships to facilitate the learning of all. We hold the same expectations for pupils with special educational needs and/ or disabilities (SEND) as for those without but remain fully aware that some children require a different approach in order to achieve success.

  • Adaptations are made to teaching to enable us to deliver personalised learning that is tailored to meet academic, social and wellbeing needs
  • Through the innovative use of digital technology, we will create a level playing field for all children, irrespective of their language skills, reading ability or any other factors that may present learning challenges
  • Our schools are flexible learning environments that are tailored to equip all children with the skills needed for the 21st century
  • We are able to provide a wide range of interventions and strategies which will minimise barriers to learning in an engaging way that is fun and simulating
  • Child voice is an integral part of decision making
  • We have a joined-up approach to supporting the success of every child which is built on working collaboratively with families, with expertise within The Stour Academy Trust and with outside agencies

For full, detailed information about our support for children with SEND please view our SEN Policy and SEN Information Report on our policies page.

We follow the Mainstream Core Standards. This Kent guidance outlines support for children with SEND.

Mainstream Core Standards

Mainstream Core Standards Guide For Parents

Further information about services and opportunities for children with SEND is outlined in the Kent Local Offer.

www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs

Click here for the latest Kent SEND newsletter for families:-

Support and advice is also available from IASK.

View our SEN Policy and SEN Information Report on our policies page.