Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Provision and Inclusion at Elmlea

‘Everybody Matters Everyday’

Elmlea Infants’ School is an educationally inclusive school, welcoming all children and adults. We recognise individual gifts, talents and differences, celebrate all cultures and religions and value everyone’s opinion.

This mission statement for Inclusion was written by staff and parents to describe the ethos for Inclusion and Special Educational Needs at Elmlea.

Elmlea Infants’ School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education for all children. We believe that all children, including those identified as having ‘special educational needs or disabilities’ have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them. All children will be fully included in all aspects of school life.

We believe that all children should be equally valued in school (see Aims and Values). We strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination and to develop an environment where all children can flourish and feel safe (see Inclusion and Equal Opportunities Policy). Elmlea Infants’ School is committed to Inclusion. We aim to create a sense of community and belonging and to offer equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment and background.

At Elmlea we recognise that children learn at different rates and that there are many factors affecting achievement, including ability, emotional state, age and maturity. We are very aware of the needs of the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children, whose maturity is a crucial factor in terms of readiness to learn. We recognise that many children, at some time in their school career, may experience difficulties which affect their learning and we recognise that these may be long or short term.

Partnership with parents plays a key role in enabling children with SEN to achieve their full potential. The school recognises that parents hold key information and have knowledge and experience to contribute to the share view of a child’s needs and the best way of supporting them. All parents of children with SEN will be treated as partners and supported to play an active and valued role in their children’s education at Elmlea.

Staff have experience of teaching SEN children. We have good links with outside agencies (Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Sensory Support Team etc), who are available to provide advise, assessment and support. Liaison with Elmlea Junior School ensures that transition to KS2 is smooth and effective for SEN children.

Please find the SEND Information Report 2019 under EIS Policies section. 

SENDCo - Miss Jane Simmons
SEND Governor - Lara Allison 

If you wish to make an appointment with Miss Simmons, please phone the school office on 0117 3772352

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