Inclusion at Whitefield
Whitefield Primary Academy believes in including all members of the school community regardless of whether they have a disability or learning difficulty. Whitefield Primary Academy has an excellent reputation for providing a secure and safe environment where all children are able to learn according to their ability and for this reason, is extremely popular with parents. Children are given every opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular clubs, residential trips and all sporting activities.
What is a Special Educational Need?
A child has a special educational need if he or she has a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
A child has a learning difficulty if he or she:
a) Has a significantly greater difficulty than the majority of children of the same age or
b) Has a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the Local Authority
c) Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definition above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them.
Class teachers, SENCO and the Nurture Team keep parents informed at all times about the needs of their child and how these are being addressed in school. Parents will receive information about meetings concerning their child, any input from outside agencies, observations etc. Parents will receive Individual Education Plan for their child which is reviewed termly by class teacher and parents.
Parents whose child has a statement will be invited to contribute to their child's Annual Review which is held annually. Interim reviews can be held earlier if thought appropriate.
The SENCO liaises with schools when receiving or transferring children with SEND. Transfer packs are made available to High Schools for those pupils with more complex needs.
The SENCO is able to provide children with SEN with a variety of resources to help them with their learning ranging from specialist pencils to help with their writing grip, to specialist literacy resources to specialist writing slopes and footrests to help with posture.
We are very fortunate at Whitefield to have a wealth of expertise and knowledge within the team. The team consists of:
Mrs Borbas – SENCO, Nurture Team Lead
Mrs Britten, Mr Bada, Miss Barrett-Service, Mrs Robertson, - Nurture Teaching Assistants
As part of Whitefield's 'open door policy', members of the team will always be available to meet with parents regarding any queries or concerns they may have about their child.