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
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 help to provide constant, even, deep pressure input, creating a reassuring feeling to children.
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
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.
We recognise that our education system needs to quickly and more radically shift to close equity gaps and to better prepare our young people for the 21st century. We are transforming our school and embarking on a journey to create a fully inclusive school where there are no barriers to participation and aim for our classrooms to work for 100% of children, 100% of the time.
As part of our journey we have expanded our team and created an Inclusion Team to support our vision, our parents and our pupils. We recognise that school can be challenging for children with additional needs and we also understand that this can cause extra stress and anxiety for parents. We welcome contact from parents if you feel we could support you or your child.
You can read more about our Inclusion Team below:
Understand more about how we provide a fully inclusive environment.
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.
Further information about services and opportunities for children with SEND is outlined in the Kent Local Offer.
Click here for the latest Kent SEND newsletter for families:-
Support and advice is also available from IASK.