Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statement of Intent
At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary school, we are committed to eliminating prejudice and discrimination as we strive to develop an inclusive environment where all children can flourish and feel safe. To achieve this, we recognise and celebrate the God-given gifts, skills and contributions of all children in our care. By appreciating and valuing the best efforts of every child in all aspects of school life, our intention is to ensure that each child feels secure and valued.
At St. Mary’s, we believe that all children have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum. All children have the right for their individual needs to be recognised and addressed in order for them to achieve success. Through the attention we pay to every child and the different groups of children within our school, we endeavour to provide an inclusive learning environment that enables every child, regardless of their individual needs, to achieve their fullest potential.
Through a high quality and ambitious education, we strive to provide experiences that take into account the individual needs of children, appropriate to their level of ability. This includes children with medical needs or those who experience other barriers to learning. This may include learning difficulties, sensory or physical impairment and emotional or social development needs.
Ensuring that all children’s needs are met appropriately is essential to teaching and learning at St. Mary’s. We believe that all teachers are teachers of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and therefore it is a whole-school responsibility to ensure that the needs of each child are met; this includes early identification of Special Educational Needs and appropriate intervention to ensure that progress and opportunities are maximised.
Through staff working together as a team and in partnership with pupils and their parents and carers, we aim to make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of the school. When appropriate, we also work closely with external agencies and other professionals in order to hone and develop our provision for children with SEN.