East-the-Water Primary School is a mainstream school in Bideford, Devon. We support inclusion for all of our children, whatever their needs. As laid out in the SEN Code of Practice in 2014 (the most recent legislation relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) setting out duties, policies and procedures that schools in England must comply with), the four broad ‘areas of need’ are identified as:
- Communication and Interaction (this is when pupils have difficulty in communicating with others - they may have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them or they may not understand or use social rules of communication. This also covers children with Austistic Spectrum Condition)
- Cognition and Learning (this is when children may learn at a slower pace than other children and may have difficulty developing literacy or numeracy skills or understanding new concepts)
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (this covers a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which may include children becoming withdrawn or isolated, or displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained)
- Sensory and/or Physical Needs (covers children with a vision or hearing impairment, a physical disability or a multi-sensory impairment)
All clubs, trips and activities offered to pupils at East-the-Water Primary School are available to pupils with or without SEN. Where it is necessary, the school will use the resources available to it to provide additional adult support to enable the safe participation of the pupil in the activity.
East-the-Water Primary has a wide range of children with SEN covering all these four areas. In particular, we have a high level of children with Communication and Interaction Needs throughout the school. In June 2015, East-the-Water Primary proudly celebrated being awarded the highest level of the Devon Inclusion Award for our work with children with Communication and Interaction needs.