Ryders Hayes is a fully inclusive primary school where the whole team have inclusive thinking and high expectations of all its pupils. One child in particular need, X, is a wheelchair user and has OI (osteogenesis imperfecta) or brittle bones. X is very precious, and can break a bone through opening a drawer or fracture a rib by sneezing. All the staff at Ryders Hayes work incredibly hard to ensure that X has full access to the curriculum and any activities which support it.
As part of my wider role, I went to visit a school that had good outcomes for pupils with SEND. The SENCO of the school was a member of SLT and her main area of responsibility was for teaching and learning across the whole school. She strongly believed that all students should receive quality first teaching that catered to their learning needs.
St Aidan’s C of E Primary School is a one-form entry school serving the Parish of St Aidan’s and surrounding area. They provide a Christian education and have close links with the Parish Church and the local community. At St Aidan’s we enjoy taking part in, and supporting, community activities. We welcome parents and friends of the community into school.
There are 17 schools in Newark Town and each one has nominated an Ambassador to develop Positive Mental health Provision in School. The Ambassadors attend a network with Health providers such as CAMHs, MIND and CASY Counsellors with an aim to develop provision, support and understanding in schools.
St Patrick's is in an area of high deprivation (33% of pupils entitled to free school meals). 240 pupils are on the SEN register. Since 2011 provision has changed from that of segregating pupils facing barriers to practice evaluated as 'outstanding and truly inclusive' by ETI and IQM. We do not believe that ability is fixed at eleven. We need to create the right climate for all pupils to make progress.
Secondary Education has many demands and with over 1500 pupils on role. Our SENCO has continued to manage and deliver the highest levels of support for over 400 pupils on the SEND registers. We have helped to seamlessly create provisions clubs and activities outside of lessons that support the SEMH of the school's pupils. SEND pupils avoid being stigmatized due to the large range of clubs and provisions available. These blended provisions run seamlessly with whole school initiatives and clubs.
The re-development of provision for learners who have high needs/SEN has been highly successful in the last few years with over 180 full time high needs learners each year. The introduction of work placements and greater independence training have provided young people attending the College with opportunities to ensure successful progression into adulthood.
Heart of Worcestershire College has an ambitious drive towards ensuring provision for learners with disabilities takes centre stage in its development of learning opportunities. This has resulted in excellent outcomes for learners resulting in meaningful impact for their lives and work.
This project was developed to raise the aspirations of our pupils but it doesn’t tell the whole story about our collaborative approach to improving children’s lives. Over the past six years we have developed valued partnerships both within, and outside education; these show that collaboration is at the heart of everything we do.