Our Inclusion Team includes Alison Tinker, the Deputy Head Teacher, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (Senco) Heather Mills, Kathryn Radley who is the SEND Facilitator and Yvonne Jacob our Learning Mentor.
St John’s is an inclusive school, we value our children and have high aspirations for them all. It is important to us that the wellbeing of each child is considered along with their academic progress. This includes children who have Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND), children who have English as a second language (EAL), as well as children who are registered as Pupil Premium. All children are different but they all have a right to a rich and varied curriculum in school and access to our after school clubs where provided.
Throughout the school day children are taught by their class teachers who monitor their progress across the subjects. Some children benefit from intervention programmes to target particular areas of need. Programmes are sometimes 1:1 but are often delivered in small groups. The work covered is specific to their need, the children are assessed before starting and at the end of a specified time frame, usually 6 weeks. Interventions are often English and maths based and include reading, phonics, spelling, writing and number work.
All children's work is planned for by the class teachers including children who have a one plan or an Education, Health Care Plan. However these children have work specifically tailored to meet the targets that have been identified for them. The teachers work alongside our Senco, Heather, to deliver high quality lessons that specifically target their areas of need. Our SEND children are taught within the class but there are times when they will need to work outside of the classroom if their needs are better met in this way, for example, children who need speech and language therapy or physiotherapy.
Wellbeing is a priority for us here at St John’s as we know that children who feel safe and secure make the most progress in their learning. In order to support all children in this, Yvonne Jacob, our Learning Mentor works with children to help them identify and manage their emotions. We also have a team of professionals from the Family and Child Support Services, that come into school on a weekly basis to support us in this. FaCSS works to support the wellbeing of all the pupils within our Multi Academy Trust.
We have a child counsellor, Jackie Clarke, who works with children who have been through traumatic events. She is a qualified integrative counsellor and life coach and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Juhi Neyland is a play therapist who works with children to enable them to develop and maintain relationships. She is a qualified Child-Centred Play and Filial Therapist and a member of the British Association of Play Therapists.
Our family support worker is Karen Bowden. Karen has worked in this role with FaCSS since 1997 and has 30 years' experience working with children and families both within a residential social care and education setting. She is able to support our families in a variety of different ways and is able to provide useful advice to help parents and carers. She also runs the annual Nurture Programme.
If you would like more information about how we support our children with their social and emotional needs please email, Alison Tinker using : firstname.lastname@example.org
Our vision, “Life in all Its Fullness” John 10:10 is inclusive. Our aim is that all children will have an education that allows them to live their lives to the fullest now and equip them to become happy, healthy adults that engage with the world successfully.