This policy clarifies how we implement inclusive practice and procedures to support the children and families we work with. It has been written with regard to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) and the Equality Act (2010)
Definition of Inclusion:
We agree with the Early Years Curriculum Group’s definition (2004) as:
“A process of identifying, understanding and breaking down the barriers to participation and belonging”
Definition of Special Educational Needs:
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (0-25 years) 2014 states that:
‘A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.’
A child of compulsory school age has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
• Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
• Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or post 16 institutions.
Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.
Statement of Principle:
Inclusion is fundamental to the ethos of our school in that we see the best possible provision for children with SEND within the best possible provision for all children. We are committed to providing an appropriate and high quality learning and care experience to all children attending COA. We believe that all children including those identified as having SEND have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum and quality of care which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of COA life. This links to our mission statement and daily way of learning and working, hence we have developed our SEND Policy within our Inclusion Policy.
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