SENDCo - Mrs Charlotte Ashdown
01892-652405 Ext 208
Sir Henry Fermor's student population is more diverse than ever. Teaching inclusively enables all students, whatever their circumstances, to enjoy the fullest possible learning experience. It benefits all students because it values their individual strengths and contributions and makes the learning experience richer and more diverse for everyone.
From the moment children join us we are assessing them: not through tests but through observations and questioning. All children have different starting points, different experiences and different responses to teaching and learning. Our first principle is ‘quality first teaching’: this means that the class teacher has a responsibility to ensure that all members of the class, irrespective of needs, feel included, can access work at the right level and achieve.This will involve teachers considering groupings; planning work in different ways and at different levels. This is known as differentiation. Teachers differentiate through:
We know that when teachers get this right, all children experience success and achieve good progress.
How do we make sure that all teachers teach in the inclusive way we aspire to?
We know that high quality teaching and skilful support makes a big difference to the progress of children with SEND. Making sure that this happens in all our classrooms is one of the most important things that we as school leaders do.
Sir Henry Fermor's Leadership Team works constantly with teachers and support staff to develop effective teaching and support for all children including those with SEND . Teachers are observed, observe, team teach and attend regular staff meetings which focus on:
You can read more about how we support good learning in our whole school Teaching and Learning Policy
Do staff understand special needs?
All staff have a good core awareness of Special Needs. We also have regular training and guidance to meet the needs of our children. This is often provided by outside professionals supporting children in our school e.g. recent training on ‘working memory’ from our Educational Psychologist, developing communication skills through the use of video from our Language and Communication Therapist and most recently, support staff training on managing distractions from our Occupational Therapist.
We provide/access specialist training for Teachers and Teaching Assistants as relevant for those who support children with the most complex needs – for example a Specific Learning Difficulty, a Visual Impairment, or Autism.
All staff new to the school have an induction programme which includes detailed information about the range of pupils in her/his class, personal support and detailed guidance on how to provide high quality teaching and support. We use the knowledge of parents/carers to do this.
As soon as we know that a child is coming to our school with particular needs, we review our provision and provide relevant on-going training. In particular, we will provide relevant training and guidance for your child’s teacher on meeting any specific needs.