Keir Hardie is situated at the heart of a vibrant, diverse and rapidly changing community. This presents us with both opportunities and challenges. It is our aim to provide a high-quality education to all of our pupils, whatever their ability, needs, race, home language or religion. To do this we identify and address barriers to learning and participation, thereby ensuring equality of access to all the school has to offer.
We recognise that our pupils:
- Learn in different ways and at different rates.
- Require different strategies for learning.
- Bring to school their own home background and experiences.
- Need to feel safe, secure and happy in order to make the most of learning experiences.
We respond to these needs by:
- Planning learning activities to engage pupils with different learning styles.
- Providing support for children who do not make progress in line with national expectations.
- Identifying pupils with Special Educational Needs and providing resources, support and interventions to help them learn, in partnership with specialist agencies.
- Ensuring equal access for pupils with disabilities via an Accessibility Action Plan.
- Teaching children to manage their behaviour and take part in learning effectively and safely.
- Supporting individuals to manage their emotional needs such as stress, anger or bereavement.
The SEND Code of Practice
The SEND Code of Practice became statutory in September 2014. It gives guidance to schools and other bodies on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014. It relates to children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabled children and young people.
Definition of Special Educational Needs
Children have special educational needs if they have:
- a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or
- a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.
Definition of a disability
A child is disabled if he/she is blind, deaf or dumb or suffers from a mental disorder of any kind or is substantially and permanently handicapped by illness, injury or congenital deformity or such other disability as may be presented.
Categories of SEN
The SEND Code of Practice outlines the four areas of difficulty which identify a child as having a special need. These difficulties may occur singly, or in combination
The four areas are:
- Communication and interaction (includes Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome).
- Cognition and learning.
- Social, emotional and mental health (includes behavioural difficulties and ADHD).
- Sensory and/or physical needs.
Inclusion Quality Mark
The school has been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark three times in succession, most recently in 2016.
“Teachers, teaching assistants and other staff members also showed me that everyone has this ‘inclusive’ and welcoming attitude, and that the encouragement of pupil and parent aspirations for ‘real life’ as an adult is really at the heart of everything Keir Hardie Primary School stands for.”
The full report summary can be accessed via the link at the bottom of the page.
Our Inclusion Team
To meet our inclusion team, please click here
SEN Activity: Messy Play
Activity – Messy play: It contributes greatly to the development of a child’s cognitive and creative abilities. It allows children to explore their senses by providing the opportunity to pour, mix, squeeze and squelch materials.
SEN Activity: Bucket
This activity aims to develop natural and spontaneous communication through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities.
- To engage attention
- To improve joint attention
- To develop shared enjoyment in group activities
- To increase attention in adult-led activities
- To encourage spontaneous interaction in a natural group setting
- To increase non-verbal and verbal communication through commenting
- To build a wealth and depth of vocabulary
- To have fun!!!
Gardening on the Roof
SEN pupils have been growing mustard and cress seeds in the greenhouse in the roof playground. They have been exploring the different plants that are growing in there, using their senses to see, smell and touch the different plant types. Pupils will learn about the growth process by being responsible for watering and growing their seeds.
Visit to the Co-op
SEN children go every Friday to the co-op to buy things that they need to make a healthy snack during the week. This is an opportunity to encourage the children to improve their life skills.