East-the-Water Primary School supports inclusion for all of our children. We will do our best to ensure that the necessary provision is made for any pupil who has special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
- identify pupils with SEN and do all practically possible to meet their needs
- ensure that children and young people with SEN engage in the activities of the school alongside pupils who do not have SEN
- provide opportunities for all children to make the best possible progress
- ensure parents are informed of their child’s special educational needs and make sure there is good communication between parents/carers and the school
- ensure that children have the opportunity to express their views and are fully involved in decisions and targets which affect them (according to their age and ability)
- involve outside agencies when appropriate
The SENCo is Mrs Deana Smith (2016)
For further information see:
Disability in our School
When is a child/adult said to be disabled?
There are 3 areas in the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 that point to someone being disabled:
- The medical condition itself
- Its effect of the condition on the person’s daily life – it needs to be substantial
- Its length - it needs to last for a year or more
There are two more groups but they do not have to prove their condition has a substantial adverse effect on their lives:
- Those whose treatment control the effect of the condition e.g. those on medication for epilepsy which is necessary to control the fits.
- Those with cancer, HIV infection, severe disfigurement and conditions such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis
What sorts of things does the law ask schools to do?
- Make sure those with disabilities have the same opportunities as those without
- Take into account a disability, even when that involves treating the person with a disability more favourably than others
- Do not tolerate any harassment of disabled people that is related to their disabilities
- Promote positive attitudes towards disabilities
- Assess and monitor the impact of activities on disabled people
- Improve outcomes for disabled people
In school, we have produced a 3 year Action Plan 2015-2018. This specifically focuses on improving access to the curriculum, improving access to the physical environment and improving access to information for children, parents/carers, staff and all involved in the wider school community with disabilities.
Please click here to read our Action Plan.