Our approach to teaching children & young people with SEN
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 includes the social aspects that are essential for lifelong learning, personal growth and development of independence. Our philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils’ needs.
- The school prides itself on being an Inclusive School setting and many of our Inclusive practises are deeply embedded in everyday practise ie Coloured backgrounds on whiteboards, Silent clapping in Assembly, Nurture space within school, Mindfulness activities as part of everyday classroom practise, Feelings boards as a daily ritual.
- Our School works on delivering the curriculum through the Mastery approach to learning which assumes that all children are Masters of a subject. In this way, children are challenged to achieve highly. Most classes have adult support full time for English Maths and RE and for other subjects where possible. Learning is scaffolded for those children with SEND in order that they can access the curriculum wherever possible. Where this is not possible, an individual curriculum may need to be written for that pupil.
- Flexible learning – One of the features of our school is that on many occasions, lessons are delivered across a Key Stage rather than being class or Year group based eg Read Write Inc in EYFS and KS1 and Spelling taught across KS2. This ensures that children are accessing exactly what is appropriate to their needs rather than what their Year Group expectations are.
- Our ‘Fun Fridays’ ensure that children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum – all children are given the chance to excel at subjects other than the core areas of learning. We find that children with SEND often perform really well in areas such as Forest School learning, Art, DT and PSHE.
- All learning opportunities at OLST are designed to develop independence, regardless of a child’s age or ability, including those with SEND.
Our school ethos is that we are all unique, talented and loved by God and children learn this as they enter our doors. Every child is encouraged to challenge themselves and be the best they can be and this is celebrated both daily within the classroom setting and weekly at our awards assembly. End of Year awards not only encompass sporting and academic achievement, but also those who have tried their best, made excellent progress or shown kindness and empathy for others.
Mindfulness sessions are part of our daily school practise. The mental health and well-being of ALL pupils is paramount here and children are surrounded by a caring, nurturing atmosphere where all staff know all pupils and interact with them regularly. Children are constantly shown how their lives have a positive impact upon others. We have also developed Growth Mindset sessions over the past year, which encourages children to be resilient and confident.