We believe that 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 National Curriculum, but also a range of additional opportunities to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are for life-long learning, personal growth and development of independence.
Some of the actions we may take to achieve this are:
- Help all pupils achieve the best of their abilities, despite any special educational need or disability they may have.
- Modify the curriculum to meet individual needs.
- Ensure that staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of individual pupils and that teaching is appropriate to meet those needs.
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
At Fishburn Primary School, we do our best to ensure that all children are offered the opportunity to participate in activities outside the classroom and extra curricular activities. we ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to enable children with SEND to access a full curriculum and to enrich the experiences of all pupils. We seek advice and training, as necessary to provide relevant and appropriate experiences. Risk assessments are carried out as required.
We recognise that some pupils with SEN work with outside agencies to support their special educational need in addition to the support they receive in the classroom. Children with SEN can often work in smaller groups with the teacher or teaching assistant to give them a more concentrated level of support.
When completing work independently, tasks can often be broken down into shorter, more manageable tasks to allow the children to be successful and feel like they can achieve. The outdoor learning environment is used where possible to give a more practical approach to learning for those children who have learning difficulties. Laptops can be used in lessons for children who have problems with motor skills and recording and sometimes in English lessons for longer pieces of writing.
Where children have difficulties reading, talking tins/boxes are sometimes used to provide instructions for the children rather than read them, especially in foundation subjects where a child’s knowledge and ability in a subject may be a lot higher than their reading ability.
Teachers ensure they use a variety of approaches to their teaching. This can include accessing information through animations, video and pictorial sources as well as the written word.
Working Walls and key words are displayed in the classroom and referred to in teaching so that children who need this support in lessons know that they are there and this can encourage their independence when completing tasks.
Where necessary, children are given learning aids to improve their independence and learning. We have had children benefit from the use of word banks, coloured overlays when reading; ear defenders to help with concentration; specialist cushions and weighed vests and enlarged print as well as breaks in a session to refocus attention.
More details on how we adapt information, our environment and curriculum can be found in the Accessibility Plan which you can find in the School Policies section of our website.