Inclusive practice to meet the needs of all our pupils is at the heart of all our teaching at St Mary’s. All staff are passionate in delivering inclusive teaching and learning, so we are able to develop the correct level of challenge to allow all pupils to reach their full potential.
How we know if a child has special educational needs
What we do to help children with special educational needs
How we adapt our teaching for children with special educational needs
How we decide what resources we can give to a child/young person with special educational needs
How we check that a child is making progress and how we keep parents informed
Support we offer for children’s health and general well-being
Specialist external services we use when we think extra help is needed
The training our staff have had or are getting
How we include children in activities and school trips
How we prepare for children joining our school and leaving our school
How parents are involved in school life
Who to contact for more information or to discuss a concern
Our offer to children with special educational needs and disabilities was prepared in August 2018. This is a fluid document and is continually reviewed in order to ensure our practice and provision is in line with the needs of pupils and may therefore change.
For further information in relation to statuary guidance and how the Local Authority meets its SEND requirements use the links below:
St Mary’s is fully committed to delivering inclusive practice and share the belief that all children should be given access to mainstream schools, ‘unless there are compelling reasons for doing otherwise.’ UNESCO 1994
We welcome all children regardless of any difficulties they may have and recognise the importance of working closely with parents, carers and other consultant professionals in order to ensure that parents, carers and children feel they are successfully included within the school.
‘Inclusion is seen to involve the identification and minimising of barriers to learning and participation, and the maximising of resources to support learning participation.’
Index for Inclusion – Booth and Ainscow 2000
Successful inclusion should:
Successful inclusive provision at St Mary’s is seen as the responsibility of the whole school community, permeating all aspects of school life and applicable to all our pupils.
If you have any concerns about your child’s learning then please go and see their class teacher. If you have any further questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to come and see our SENCO – Mr Hilton.
Below is a range of documents you may find useful in exploring our SEND offer:
Addiss – The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.
British Dyslexia Association – The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. Our vision is that of a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people to reach their potential.
British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) – BILD is committed to improving the quality of life for the 1.2 million people in the UK with a learning disability.
British Stammering Association – Information, resources and help to do with stammering
Cerebra – A charity that helps provide information, support and research for children with neurological conditions.
Contact a Family – Provides advice and information and support to the parents and carers of all disabled children.
Council for Disabled Children – A national forum for the discussion, development and dissemination of policy and practice issues for disabled children and young people and those with special educational.
Department for Education (DFE) – The Department for Education was formed on 12 May 2010 and is responsible for education and children’s services.
Disabled Children Team – Have certain responsibilities for disabled children and young people in Northumberland
Disability North – Provides independent information and advice on a wide range of disability issues (including equipment and adaptation) to disabled people.
Down’s Syndrome Association– Information and support on all aspects of living with Down’s syndrome
Dyslexia North East – Offer advice and information. Are run by volunteers who care about improving opportunities and support for those affected by dyslexia and related conditions such as ADHD and Dyspraxia and Autism.
I CAN – I CAN is the charity that helps children with speech and language difficulties across the UK. The charity works to create a society where their special needs are recognised, understood and met, so that they have the same opportunities in life as other children.
Inclusion Website on the National Grid for Learning (NGfL) – Information, news, legislation and advice on issues related to Inclusion
IPSEA – A national charity that provides free legal based advice for families who have children with special educational needs. 15
Mencap – Mencap is the UK’s leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
National Autistic Society – The NAS exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.
National Deaf Children’s Society – The National Deaf Children’s Society is the only UK charity solely dedicated to providing support, information and advice for deaf children and young people, their families and professionals working with them.
Northumberland Disabled Children’s Register (Infolink) – A voluntary data base held by Children’s Services for children with disabilities. Families receive regular newsletters which contains information of interest to parents of disabled children. Also provide Max cards for those on the register that offers discounted or free entry to some of Northumberland and Newcastle attractions.
Royal National Institute for the Blind – RNIB are UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems
Royal National Institute of the Deaf (RNID) – RNID campaigns in many ways to make daily life better for deaf and hard of hearing people. We also support deaf and hard of hearing people by providing free information via our helplines, running vital services, supporting scientific and technological research, and running the RNID Typetalk telephone relay service. And we help other organisations to provide better services to their deaf and hard of hearing employees and customers.
SCOPE – Scope is a disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is people with cerebral palsy. Our aim is that disabled people achieve equality: a society in which they are as valued and have the same human and civil rights as everyone else.
SEBDA – SEBDA is a charitable organisation that exists to promote excellence in services for children and young people who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
SENSE – Sense is the UK’s leading organisation for people who are deafblind or have associated disabilities.
The Alan Shearer Centre – Is a specialist recreational, sensory and social resource for disabled people of all ages and caters to a wide spectrum of need.
Toby Henderson Trust – An independent charity for Autism based near Morpeth