"Our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives".(SEND Code of Practice, Jan 15)
“If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, then we must teach in a way that the child can learn”(Ignacio Estrada)
East Whitby is a fully inclusive mainstream primary school. As a school we pride ourselves on our work with children with Special educational needs and disabilities. Locally we have a very good reputation for the work that we do. We have pupils with a wide range of needs including, autism, Rett syndrome, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, hearing impairment, cognition and learning difficulties and a wide range of communication and speech and language difficulties. First and foremost we have the right staff with a broad range of skills and knowledge and expertise to ensure every child is able to meet their potential. We have a robust system of assess, plan, do, review (the graduated approach) which enables us both to identify Special Educational Needs quickly and ensures that each child on the SEN register is well supported with their learning. We believe that involving parents in their children's education is essential and share information and invite parents to contribute to their children's plans on a regular basis. As and when required, significant adaptations are made to support pupils in accessing the full curriculum. Sometimes, children need to work on a personalised curriculum in order for them to meet their own outcomes and potential.
This year we have just opened a Communication and Interaction Targeted Mainstream Provision for the Local Authority, This enhances our already highly effective work around children with SEND and we are really excited about this new chapter in East Whitby's story.
"For us inclusion isn't a choice, but even if it was, we wouldn't have it any other way!" Simon Smith, TES, 2017.