How we adapt the curriculum and learning environment for children & young people with SEND

We believe that 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 National Curriculum, but also a range of additional opportunities to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning, personal growth and development of independence.

Some of the actions we may take to achieve this are:

  • Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
  • Modify the curriculum to meet individual needs.
  • Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
  • To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.

More details on how we adapt information, our environment and curriculum can be found in the Accessibility Plan and our Accessibility Action Plan which can be found in the school policies section of our website.

At St Bede’s Catholic Primary we do our best to ensure that all children are offered the opportunity to participate in activities outside the classroom and extra-curricular activities. We ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to enable children with SEND to access a full curriculum and to enrich the experiences of all pupils. We are prepared to seek advice, resources, equipment and training in order to provide high quality experiences for our children. Many settings offer support and advice in meeting the needs of children with SEND and offer specific risk assessments which are sent to the school prior to school outings or visits. As a school we ensure that suitable and accessible transport is provided and that comprehensive risk assessments cover travel arrangements to ensure that all children are safe during excursions.

You can find details of how we adapt the curriculum and make it more accessible for pupils with SEN below:

  • Key Stage 1 staff and the SENCO where necessary, liaise with Nursery or the child’s previous school.
  • On entry into Early Years, we assess the children using the Speech and Language Link programme as this can be an early indicator of a child experiencing difficulties.
  • If a child is performing below age expected levels then meetings will be held with the class teacher and SENCO. Observations of the child may also take place.
  • SEND is discussed at each staff meeting so that all staff can contribute to the identification process. We have regular parent meetings and take into account any concerns raised by Parents. We pride ourselves on having an ‘open door policy’ where at any point parents can talk to staff. Concerns raised by teacher for example behaviour or self-esteem is affecting performance.
  • Liaison with external agencies; we work closely with Movement Support, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, CAMHS, Educational Psychology, The School Nurse, Cognition and Learning, Behaviour Support, ASC team, PSA
  • Health diagnosis through paediatrician.

More details on how we adapt information, our environment and curriculum can be found in the Accessibility Plan which you ca find in the School Policies section of our website.