At St Thomas More Primary School, we are committed to equality. We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what their needs. Our School is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families.
We aim to:
- Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued.
- Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity.
- Provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and disabled people.
- Improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity.
- Make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of the school.
To enable all pupils to access the curriculum and other opportunities during school life, we ensure barriers are overcome. Teaching assistants provide additional support, predominantly in the Early Years and Key Stage 1. As part of the mastery approach, teachers provide same day catch up for any children who may need support to master the objectives covered that day. A teaching assistant also provides weekly catch up sessions for any children who might need reinforcement to enable them to secure the learning. Brush up phonics sessions allow daily catch up for children so that they do not fall behind. In addition to this staff are trained to implement the Nuffield Early Language Intervention program and this is used to support children with their language development. Teaching assistants deliver specific programs of intervention as directed by other professionals such as speech and language or occupational therapy for identified children. Support may also include providing appropriate technology and resources to support pupils with sensory impairment, working with partner professionals to gain specialist advice and support on meeting individual needs and making physical adaptations to the classroom and wider school environment where necessary. All classrooms and communal areas are accessible for wheelchair users and there is one accessible toilet. Where necessary we can refer to the Assistive Technology Team for advice regarding equipment such as adapted laptops and software to support specific needs.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.