Our approach to teaching children & young people with SEN

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, Nurture setting within school, sensory diet, movement breaks
  • Our school delivers a broad and wide curriculum.  Most class have adult support for English, Maths and other subjects where possible.  Support staff work with children in the afternoons to support their learning through interventions and where this is not possible, an individual curriculum may need to be written for that pupil.
  • One of the features of our school is that Read Write Inc  in EYFS and KS1 is taught across a Key Stage rather than Year groups to ensure that children are accessing exactly what is appropriate to their needs rather than their Year Group expectations. 
  • OPAL play provides all children with purposeful outdoor play and learning, we find that children with SEND often perform really well developing their movement and gross motor skills.
  • All learning opportunities at St Cuthbert’s are designed to develop independence, regardless of a child’s age or ability, including those with SEND. 

Our school motto is ‘Live the Light, Share the Light, Be the Light!’ and children learn this as they enter our doors. We have core values which focus on high expectations for all learners, developing skills for life, encouraging good self-esteem and developingh a set of core moral values. This is celebrated both daily within the classroom setting and weekly at our awards assembly. Star of the week awards not only encompass academic achievements, but also those who have tried their best, made excellent progress or shown kindness and empathy for others.