Inclusion, Special Educational Needs (SEN) and English as an Additional Language (EAL)
At The Trumpington Federation we have a very strong belief that all children should be able to benefit fully from their education, whatever their situation, circumstances or needs. This principle is referred to as ‘Inclusion’. We also use the term ‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities’ (often abbreviated to SEND). Children may be identified as having SEND for many different reasons, including difficulty with aspects of learning, or physical and behavioural needs. Although we use the terminology, we do not label children. At our schools we look at all children as individuals and make sure that our inclusive curriculum is appropriate for everyone. We recognise that many children may have a special educational need at some point during their time at school.
We put a large amount of time and resource into Inclusion because of its importance and the difference we can make to children. One of our Assistant Headteachers has responsibility for Inclusion and works closely with our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (often abbreviated to SENCo). Our SENCo is a specially trained member of the staff team who works with children, parents and other members of staff to remove any barriers to learning and to make sure that our teaching and support is right for every child.
We believe that Inclusion extends to the whole of society and we teach our children to be inclusive, welcoming and supportive. We are very proud of our warm and friendly environment which is often complimented by visitors to our schools. We work in collaboration with parents, governors, staff and the wider community to develop the principles of Inclusion outside school.
At the Trumpington Federation We have a dedicated inclusion team led by the Assistant Head responsible for Inclusion: Kate Barham who is also the named SENCo at Trumpington Meadows. Kate Gregory is the named SENCo at Fawcett. Kate Gregory and Elaine Gifford are our inclusion co-ordinators who work with a team of highly skilled Teaching Assistants to ensure we are able to target support where it is needed.
The SENCos and Inclusion Co-ordinators can be contacted via the Federation telephone number - 01223 840299 (choose the appropriate option for the school you require).
- To value the rich contribution that difference and diversity makes to our schools. In recognising and responding to the diverse needs of children, we will use a range of flexible responses to meet such needs and accommodate their diversity.
- To seek the participation of all our children in learning which leads to the highest possible level of achievement and fulfilment for each individual.
- To ensure the view of the child (according to their age and understanding) and parents are sought and valued.
- To identify and provide for all children’s learning and physical needs as early as possible, using a range of strategies.
- To deliver planned and organised support for all children who are experiencing a learning difficulty or have a disability.
- To ensure all children’s needs are met through the practice, culture, management, and deployment of resources.
- To work in close partnership with governors, staff, parents, children and outside specialists to create and maintain the best possible provision for all children who have been identified as having a special educational need in accordance with the Code of Practice.
Please click here to view the Cambridgeshire Local Offer for Special Needs, providing support for children and their families.