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Inclusion and SEND

Inclusion (SEN)

St Filumena’s aims to be an inclusive school. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different groups of children within our school.
The National Curriculum is our starting point for planning a curriculum that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. We meet these needs through:

  • setting suitable learning challenges;

  • responding to children’s diverse learning needs;

  • overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils;

  • Providing other curricular opportunities outside the National Curriculum to meet the needs of individuals or groups of children.

    Teachers ensure that all children:

  • feel secure and know that their contributions are valued;

  • appreciate and value the differences they see in others;

  • take responsibility for their own actions;

  • are taught in groupings that allow them all to experience success;

  • use materials that reflect a range of social and cultural backgrounds, without stereotyping;

  • have a common curriculum experience that allows for a range of different learning styles;

  • have challenging targets that enable them to succeed;

  • Participate fully, regardless of disabilities or medical needs.


    Additional Educational Needs

    All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their additional educational need. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.

    St Filumena’s Catholic Primary School has been awarded the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark. Staff are regularly trained to ensure they are meeting the needs of the children. You can read more about dyslexia by clicking on the link below.


    Gifted and Talented

    We aim to ensure that children who display exceptional gifts and talents are provided for. Every year, the children with exceptional gifts and talents are identified by members of staff as well as their families. This process enables the school to ensure that provision is in place to challenge and enrich the learning of this group of children. The school works to offer a variety of enrichment opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, and aims to harness and develop the gifts and talents that our children display.


    Speech and Language
    Individualised programmes submitted by a Speech Therapist assigned to this school which is delivered by our teaching assistants. These are for children who have been referred, by the school or by a medical professional, to be assessed by the Speech and Language Therapy Service. These programmes can include speech sound production, language development and social skills, depending on the child’s needs.


    EAL - English as an Additional Language
    This is for children who have a first language other than English and may need further intervention with their English language understanding in order to aid their academic development..


    SLS – Specific Literacy Support
    This is a small group intervention program that focuses on phonics, spelling, handwriting and further speech and language development.


    Wordshark and Numbershark
    These are computer based programmes which help reinforce spellings and maths skills. Wordshark is a complimentary programme to SLS which is tailored to a child’s individual reeds. Children included in SLS support will also be accessing Wordshark.


    Toe by Toe
    This is a highly structured multi-sensory individual reading programme which is specially designed for children diagnosed as having specific learning difficulties.


    Emotional support
    This intervention is accessible to all pupils who may be experiencing difficulty with some aspects of home/school life e.g. a family bereavement which may impact on their school life.


    Fine motor skills
    Fine motor skills are vital to the development of many competencies in young children. Activities are divided into sections focusing on warming up, hand and finger strength, manipulation and eye-hand co-ordination. Clever Fingers and Take Ten programmes are used together with scissor skill activities and fun and games which are delivered.


    Children with Disabilities

    Some children in our school have disabilities. We are committed to meeting the needs of these children, as we are to meeting the needs of all groups of children within our school. The school fully meets the requirements of the amended Disability Discrimination Act that came into effect in September 2002. All reasonable steps are taken to ensure that these children are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled children.

    Teachers modify teaching and learning expectations as appropriate for children with disabilities. For example, they may give additional time to complete certain activities, or they may modify teaching materials. In their planning teachers ensure that they give children with disabilities the opportunity to develop skills in practical aspects of the curriculum.

    Dyslexia Friendly