How children with SEN engage in all activities?
We enable all children to engage fully in all aspects of school life. To do this, we:
- Re-think the way activities are planned and delivered so that learning is accessible to all children. For example, we have undertaken pre-visits to swimming baths to support a child with sensory difficulties to become familiar with acoustics as well as preparing them for a new change in their daily routine.
- Ensure all staff at Pittington Primary School are highly skilled and reflective practitioners. Whole school training, often bespoke to reflect the needs of our learners, is offered to all staff including those who do not work directly with children such as office staff, caretaker and School Governors. This ensures a holistic approach to SEN.
- Adapt learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs
- Provide additional support allocated across the school as necessary, this can be targeted Quality First Teaching in class interventions with the class teacher.
- Ensure a range of strategies are always accessible such as movement breaks, fiddle toys, sensory boxes, thought processing lists, distraction aids, weighted blanket, lap belt and relaxation and mindfulness techniques.
- A tag-team approach is a valued strategy used within our school to offer a pupil a change in environment and/ or person which can aid de-escalation.
- Re-arrange the learning environment to allow specific resources to be included in the classroom. For example, an individual workstation, visual timetable, break-out spaces and access to nurture provision.
- Plan whole school adjustments to ensure children are supported throughout their journey at Pittington Primary School. In advance of any year group transitions year groups are carefully allocated to classrooms which will facilitate access to particular in school provisions. For example, break-out spaces, intimate care facilities, school hall and direct access to outdoors.
- Use a communication journal called Tapestry to support home/ school links and communication. This is used for all children from Nursery to Year 6 and can be a particularly effective tool for parents whose children have additional needs.
- Implement bespoke reward systems, reflecting the interests and passions of our pupils. This personalised approach ensures that every child has a sense of achievement.
At Pittington Primary School we regularly and routinely review the needs of all children and our curriculum offer to ensure all learners are included. This is at the heart of our school ethos.