St. John's

Church of England Primary School

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Inclusion and SEND


At St. John's we have a set of values that underpin everything we do. One of our key values is Inclusivity; we welcome everyone to our school and value all equally, whatever their needs may be. To support this value, we have an Inclusion Team whose role is to ensure that all members of our school community have their individual needs met in order that we are able to nurture the potential in everyone. However we do recognise that for some children with very complex needs, they may need the expertise and knowledge provided by a specialist school. The Inclusion Team is made up of a range of school staff who meet regularly to review the progress of vulnerable individuals and groups.


We aim to provide support for pupils within their main classroom wherever possible, however we acknowledge that, for some children with significant additional needs, a more personalised and differentiated provision may be required to provide the best opportunities for learning. To meet this need we have additional provision as outlined below.


Rainbows – this is a small, specialist provision supported by 3 adults. All pupils either have an EHCP or are likely to receive one during their primary education. The additional needs of the children in this group are varied but focus mainly on the areas of communication and interaction, cognition and learning and speech and language. Children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework or the National Curriculum, both of which are highly personalised and differentiated in order to address their needs. It is our aim that children accessing the Rainbow provision for their specialist interventions also maintain daily contact with their home class where they participate in certain aspects of the curriculum based on their individual needs and abilities. For more details see here for the Rainbow policy.


Saplings – this is a Nurture Group intervention that pupils join having been assessed as suitable using the Boxall Profile. The needs of the pupils in this group fall broadly within the social, emotional and mental health category. The group is run by 3 members of staff who have undertaken training provided by the Nurture Group Network. This small group of pupils receives intensive support for up to 4 terms, retaining regular contact with their home class as appropriate, with the aim of full reintegration back into their home class from the 4th term onwards. For more details see here for the Saplings policy.


For more information and contact details, please follow the link to the Inclusion Team Brochure.

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