At John Gulson School we believe all of our pupils, regardless of gender, ethnicity, ability, disability or sexuality, are entitled to a high quality education which will maximise their life chances. We recognise some children find it more difficult to learn, and therefore may have a special educational need or disability (SEND).
This page is intended to answer any questions you may have regarding Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and how we support children at John Gulson Primary School.
Through our inclusive practice, all learners will reach their own individual potential and will:
- develop a wide range of communication skills
- develop secure foundations in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, enabling to them to fulfil their full potential
- experience a wide range of learning including in humanities, science and technology, the arts – within and beyond the formal curriculum
- know how to keep themselves safe and healthy
- be compassionate and resilient
- know their own strengths and how to build on them
- be supported to develop and maintain friendships and relationships
- access their community feeling safe and confident
- celebrate diversity
- be committed to contributing to local, national and global communities
The SEND Code of Practice (Department for Education 2014) states ‘All children and young people should expect to receive an education that enables them to achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, and become confident, able to communicate their own views and ready to make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.’ This is at the heart of our approach to all children at John Gulson, particularly those with SEND.
The key principles of the SEND Code of Practice are:
- working with children, young people and their parents to participate in decision-making;
- collaboration with partners in education, health and social care to provide support;
- early identification of the needs of children and the focus on inclusive practices;
- high quality provision to meet the needs of children with SEND.
John Gulson is a nurturing school, and the principles of Nurture underpin all we do.
THE SIX PRINCIPLES OF NURTURE
- Children’s learning is understood developmentally.
- The classroom offers a safe base.
- Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem.
- Language is understood as a vital means of communication.
- All behaviour is communication.
- Transitions are significant in the lives of children.
A really useful website for parents and carers to support children. The Occupational Therapy service enables children and young people to participate as fully as possible in activities as part of their daily lives. The service works with children and young people who have difficulties or a disability which impacts upon their daily participation in activities. Occupational Therapists (OT’s) help children and young people to carry out activities they need or want to do in areas of self-care, school work and play. If a child or young person has learning, sensory or physical difficulties, their ability to grow, learn, socialise and play can be compromised. Helpful information and resources can be found here. https://www.covkidsot.co.uk/
Last updated: April 2021. This report is subject to review in line with any changes made to SEND policy and provision within school.