How children with SEN engage in all activities?

We enable all children to engage fully in all aspects of school life. To do this, we:

Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement. We use other techniques and resources to help children to:

  • Understand routines
  • Cope with anxiety, or to self-soothe at times of stress
  • Manage behaviour
  • Aid communication. This might include using visual aids for routine to help children (e.g. those with autism) to structure their day; producing visual timetables, and planning tools, for example to help children know what is coming next
  • Strategies to record emotions or express feelings – such as a feelings book or emoticons
  • Time out cards – that pupils and students can use to excuse themselves from the class, signal that they need a break – either to a designated safe space provided within the classroom or designated ‘chill out’/quiet space
  • Fiddle (or fidget) toys – often small and sensory based toys (e.g. tangles, squashy ball,  balloon filled with sand, elastic band)
  • ‘Settle’ bottles – a drink bottle filled with water and glitter, that is shaken and pupils and students watch as the glitter settles. This encourages them to be calm, focused and ready to learn

Ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.

Ensure every child has the entitlement to a sense of achievement. Every Friday in Celebration Assembly certificates are presented to recognise progress and effort, not just achievement of outcomes and academic attainment. This means that pupils with SEND are included and the whole school celebrates their successes with them.