Inclusion and SEND
Loughton Manor First School prides itself in being an inclusive school. We promote equality of access and opportunity to all areas of the curriculum for all learners. Pupils are taught in an environment where they receive equal respect and in which their individuality is valued.
We are proud to have been awarded the Children’s Inclusion Award by Councillor Zoe Nolan, Councillor for Children and Families. This was awarded to us due to our teaching and learning supporting the diversity of all, having a flexible approach to our environment and resources and providing effective support that enables children and young people to do their best.
Inclusion is split into three areas: Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), English as an Additional Language (EAL), and More Able Pupils.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
"Children have special educational needs if they have learning difficulties which call for special educational provision to be made for them.
Children have learning difficulties if they:
have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority
At Loughton Manor First School we aim to:
identify pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) as early as possible and ensure that their needs are met
have in place systems whereby Teachers are aware of pupils with SEND
provide all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum that is differentiated to the needs and ability of the individual
have high ambitions and expectations for pupils with SEND
be sympathetic to each pupil’s needs by promoting a strong partnership between the pupil, the parent and Loughton Manor First School staff
actively engage in support from the Local Authority and outside agencies where needed
ensure that all pupils take a full and active part in school life.
The four main categories of need are:
Cognition and Learning
Communication and Interaction
Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs
Physical and /or Sensory needs including medical needs
If you would like to discuss your child’s needs further, please contact our Assistant Head for Inclusion (SENDCo), Lucy Lock.
Useful websites, including impartial support and guidance, can be found using the links shown below:
If you require more information regarding SEND in Milton Keynes, please take a look at the Local Offer.
For impartial advice regarding SEND, please contact MK SEND IAS (Milton Keynes Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Information and Advice Support Service).
MK PACA An independent forum for parent and carers in Milton Keynes.
MK Carers Support for unpaid carers in Milton Keynes.
Contact Support for families of disabled children. They are also part of the IAS Programme. Contact has a SEND Freephone – 0808 808 3555 open from 9.30am-5pm, Mon - Fri, free from UK landlines and UK mobiles.
IPSEA IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Education Advice) gives free and independent legally based advice to help parents ensure that their children receive the support they need at school.
CDC Council for Disabled Children are the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers.
PfA Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) provide expertise to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living, housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion.
How to contact the school about your child
We believe that parents and carers play a vital role in supporting their child’s education and we therefore aim to foster positive relationships between school staff, parents and carers during their time at Loughton Manor First School.
If any concerns arise about your child’s learning or progress, please speak to your child’s Class Teacher in the first instance.
Further conversations between the Assistant Head for Inclusion, the Class Teacher and parents can be arranged as appropriate to discuss any developing needs. Lucy Lock, the Assistant Head for Inclusion (SENDCo), is responsible for overseeing the coordination of any additional support that your child may need.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
‘Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL), may also be referred to as bilingual. The term ‘bilingual’ refers to pupils who have regular access to more than one language. This group includes a wide range of experiences, from Newly Arrived to more advanced learners of English.’
Taken from EMA network guidance ‘Supporting Pupils with English as an Additional Language’.
Further info : Milton Keynes - Ethnic Minority Achievement
More Able Pupils
More able pupils are children that are working at a level exceptionally higher than expected. These pupils will work on deepening their knowledge and understanding further with the support of the class teacher through questioning and appropriate work related activities. They may join other more able children for workshops and lessons throughout the week.