Inclusion at St Alban’s
St Alban’s is a school that has pupils with a wide range of learning, emotional and physical needs. We aim to be fully inclusive at all times, always striving to ensure the best provision and support for each child in our care.
This was validated by our most recent OFSTED inspection in January 2014 judging us outstanding:
“The school is fully inclusive. As a result disabled pupils, those who have special educational needs and those who speak English as additional language, including those from Bangladeshi heritage, make outstanding progress. This is as a result of appropriate well-timed interventions, excellent resources and small-group support.”
WHAT IS THE LOCAL OFFER?
Camden Local Authority publishes on its website a Camden Local Offer – setting out a wide range of information about specialist services, schools, colleges and organisations that can provide support and information for families of children and young people with SEND. It explains the procedures for requesting an assessment for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – which is replacing the SEN statement. You will also find information about:
•Where to go for advice and guidance on SEN and Disability matters
•Leisure activities for children with SEND
•Arrangements for resolving disagreements and mediation
The link for the Camden Local Offer website is available below.
WHAT IS OUR SCHOOL PROVISION?
The school SEND policy explains what we provide for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D). It explains, in one place, how we support them and help them transition to the next stage of their education.
The purpose of our policy is to inform parents and carers about:
•How we welcome children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities – SEND;
•How we support them in all aspects of school life and remove barriers to inclusion;
•How we work in partnership with parents/carers and children;
•How we make effective provision for all of our children with SEND.
HOW WE LEARN WITH AND FROM OTHER SCHOOLS
We are a learning community and believe that it is important to work with other schools to make sure that our knowledge, expertise and skills on SEN/D issues are up to date. As an outstanding school it is also our responsibility to promote improvement across the wider system and so we share and discuss what is considered to be our best practice with other schools: for example, we host workshops and forums about Downs syndrome education and run training in leading effective inclusive schools for senior leaders of schools in Camden and beyond.
Our SENDCO attends the Local Authority SENDCO forum which keeps all schools up to date with national developments and local projects on inclusion. We are also part of the Camden SEND Learning Hub.
Our teachers and teaching assistants are given opportunities to observe other colleagues and discuss good practice on how to enhance children’s learning as individuals or in groups (this occurs in school and visiting other schools).
WHO TO CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION
All members of staff can be contacted by email through the school office: firstname.lastname@example.org
•Our SENDCO (Elaine Cowin) provides leadership on inclusion and is the first person to talk to about any SEND questions or concerns.
•Our SEND Governor (Father Guy) has responsibility for monitoring and supporting the school on SEND matters and reporting to the Full Governing Board.
•Our Senior Admin Officer (Nancy) can give you copies of our policies.