Equality and inclusion: a school for all
At Drayton Community Infant School, provision for children with additional needs is at the very heart of the ethos of our school. Our Trust Ethos reinforces this ALL DIFFERENT, ALL EQUAL, ALL LEARNING, irrespective of gender, race, need or background. All children deserve the same opportunities.
We are an inclusive school and do our very best to ensure the needs of every pupil are met to enable everyone to reach their potential.
The Trustees of Drayton Community Infant School accept and commit to the changes stated in the SEND Code of Practice in their management of Special Educational Needs at this school. We will actively seek information about children with Special Educational Needs to ensure an appropriate and supported entry into main-stream school. The Trustees particularly value the greater emphasis placed on:
- Working in partnership with parents
- Parental responsibility
- Pupil participation
- Working in partnership with other agencies to ensure that the requirements of the SEND Code of Practice (June 2014) and that The Every Child Matters Agenda is met.
To do this the Trustees use a variety of funding sources to:-
- Employ a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
- Support class teachers in the classroom
- Employ Teaching Assistants to work with individuals and groups of children
- Provide professional training on the provision of appropriate support
- Provide appropriate learning materials and equipment for SEND support
Special Educational Needs and / or a Disability can affect many children throughout their school career and beyond. Whilst disabilities generally affect children long term, not all SEN difficulties should be seen as ‘Life Long’. SEND is seen by our school as the child requiring provision that is additional to, or different from the rest of the class. For example, they may have additional needs due to dyslexia, coordination problems, number understanding, significant sight problems – the list is endless and every child is unique – however a carefully planned approach is needed, additional to high quality class teaching in order for these children to achieve as well as they can.
The School’s SEND Information Report is a valuable source of information for parents in relation to SEND. This report details our ethos, processes, curriculum accessibility and provision for SEND, including who to contact if you have a question, query or complaint. Of course, our door is always open – so please speak with us if you ever need to.
Mrs Loveridge is the Partnership SENCo. She works closely with the Trust Speech and Language Therapist Susannah Hinchliff Therapist.
For parents of children with an identified, or undiagnosed special educational need, it is important to know who you can turn to for specialist advice and guidance beyond the school.
The ‘Local Offer’
Schools are only part of the ‘Local Offer’ that local areas must provide for children with SEND needs. Follow the link below to see how Norfolk are coordinating this offer, the services they provide and information to support families across the region.
New School Story
If your child is joining us and would benefit from a ‘Social Story’ book all about our school, please contact us . We can always post you one too, if you contact us. They can really help children who are a little anxious about a new school. If your child is joining us at a time other than reception – get in touch and we can send specific year group stories.
The School’s Accessibility Plan
Schools have a legal duty to carry out accessibility planning for disabled pupils. Please find out accessibility plan below.
EQUALITIES AT DCIS…
We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. Under the general duty of public sector equality duty, in the exercise of our functions, have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
Teaching children about equalities, rights and difference is important to us at DCIS. We aim for our children to be ‘good people’ – and in order to do that, they must be able and willing to recognise, understand and embrace difference. Our PSHE curriculum, encompassing our approach to Relationships and Sex Education, is a key in delivering this mission – as part of our wider ethos and the virtues which we promote. Please look at our PHSE tab on our Curriculum tab for more information.
For our Equality Policy (including Equality Objectives) please follow the link below:http://www.inclusiveschoolstrust.co.uk/key-documents-and-policies/