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 Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum / National Curriculum, but also a range of additional opportunities to enrich the experiences of all pupils.
The Curriculum also included the social aspects that are essential for lifelong learning, personal growth and development of independence.
At St Stephen’s CE Primary School we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the Early Year Foundation Stage and National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Social aspects permeate our curriculum to provide our children with skills that are essential for life-long learning.
We believe, ‘there is something potentially wonderful in everyone’, and therefore our vision is to nurture and inspire our whole school community, to use their God-given gifts, to be the best that they can be, so that they can let their light shine to the world. Our school vision is firmly rooted within Christian theology. ‘Let your light shine’, Matthew 5:16, encourages our whole school community. Therefore, to ensure inclusivity for all of our children and to ensure children are appropriately supported to access the curriculum, regardless of the level of need, we ensure that:
- We encourage children from Nursery onwards to be independent, resilient learners and strive to equip them with strategies to overcome difficulties. We want children to be fully immersed in their learning and involve them in their provision.
- We develop the whole child – not just academically, but also the child’s self-esteem and wellbeing.
- Each child is taught at an appropriate pace and level.
- Each child is taught the appropriate support.
- We deliver extracurricular programmes and regularly evaluate the effectiveness of these in meeting children’s special educational needs.
- We appropriately allocate resources in order to meet identified special needs, which includes, practical resources, support from outside agencies and small group work.
- We regularly review learning outcomes to monitor individual progress and attainment.
- We identify staff training needs and ensure training meets the broad range of special educational needs.
- We value the input of our parents and carers and invite then to contribute to support plans three times a year.
- We work collaboratively with other agencies and professionals.