Inclusive education means supporting all pupils to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of school life alongside their peers. Our curriculum includes, not only the formal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum / National Curriculum, but also a range of additional opportunities to enrich the experiences of all pupils.
The Curriculum also included the social aspects that are essential for lifelong learning, personal growth and development of independence.
We believe that children having high self-esteem is crucial to a child’s well-being. We have a caring, understanding team looking after our children. The class teacher has overall responsibility for the pastoral and social care of every child in their class, therefore this would be the parents’ first point of contact. If further support is required the class teacher liaises with our Behaviour and Safeguarding Officer or the SENDCo for further advice and support.
In our school we have adopted the Guy Claxton approach for Building Learning Powers. The aim of this is to develop students as learners – increase their portable learning power – and to raise standards by doing so. As a Gold Award Rights Respecting school, we feel this is a very important skill for all children to have in order to become lifelong learners. All children have the right to an education and to be given opportunities to learn in a variety of ways.
Being a good learner is about the whole person: their attitudes, values, self-image and relationships, as well as their skills and strategies. Being a good real-life learner means knowing what is worth learning; what you are good (and not so good) at learning; who can help; how to face confusion without getting upset; and what the best learning tool is for the job at hand.
The learning powers consist of 4 R’s:
- Reciprocal learners think about how they can work with others.
- Resourceful learners work hard to support their own learning and help themselves to find out new things.
- Reflective learners think carefully about their work and their impact on others learning.
- Resilient learners never ever give up and keep on trying even when things get hard.
As we are a Gold Award Rights Respecting school, we have added a 5th R, which is Respectful. We celebrate the children’s learning powers in our celebration assembly every Friday.
Through a combination of Building Learning Powers and Rights Respecting School Award, we aim to encourage a positive learning environment and behaviours throughout the school.
In every class there is a Building Learning Powers display, these are all linked to children’s films. All pupils try to develop their learning powers by putting their photo next to a power they are focusing on that week. Children receive certificates if they achieve their goals.
Five certificates earn a GOLD STAR to be worn with pride.