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Additional educational needs

All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their additional educational need. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.


Pupils with Disabilities and Accessibility Arrangements

The school works closely with support service providers to ensure that children with disabilities are fully supported during their admission process. The SEND Co-ordinator, Mrs Pearce,  liaises closely with previous schools (where applicable), receiving teachers, support staff and with parents/carers, in order to ensure that the school has in place the specialist equipment required to meet the specific needs of all pupils. Lessons are adapted wherever possible to ensure inclusion takes place, for example, during PE and swimming. The school is a single storey building with a simple layout, good access throughout and no internal steps. There are handrails and ramps where they are needed.


Special educational needs

The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2001 recognises that there are four broad areas:-

1. Communication and interaction (language and autism spectrum disorder)

2. Cognition and learning (general learning and specific learning difficulties)

3. Physical and sensory

4. Behavioural, emotional and social

Our set procedure for identifying and assessing the special needs of individual children involves pupils, parents, teaching staff and external agencies.

We are able to provide an environment which enables access for all pupils regardless of their need. Our equality scheme enables optimum participation in the school community for pupils, and prospective pupils, with a disability.


Gifted, able and talented children

Our school will have, at any time, a number of gifted, able or talented pupils, We recognise academic and practical performance as well as those who show outstanding artistic, musical and creative talent, physical skills, leadership qualities and the ability to process ideas and information.


English as an additional language (EAL)

Together with the support of external services, we build on the children’s cultural and linguistic experiences to develop their understanding and use of English. We welcome parents and carers into school and embrace opportunities that will enrich our school community.


Child protection

The Governors and staff of Newnham St Peter`s C of E Primary School take seriously their responsibility to promote the safeguarding and welfare of all children entrusted to our care.


The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Nolan,the Head Teacher. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Broady. Mrs Broady is also the CIC lead.


As part of the ethos of the school, and with regard to the Every Child Matters Children’s Act 2004, we are committed to:

· providing an environment in which children feel safe, secure, valued and respected, confident to talk openly and sure of being listened to.

· providing suitable support and guidance so that children feel confident to approach appropriate adults.

· using the curriculum to provide opportunities for increasing self awareness, self esteem, assertiveness and decision making.

· working with parents to ensure the welfare of all children which may involve other agencies.

· ensuring all staff are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and are aware of the school’s procedures and lines of communication.