The Whitchurch Church of England Federation have a Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO) Mrs K Davies who works at both the Infant and Junior Departments. She is responsible for the management of provision and support for identified pupils with SEND. She guides and support teachers and teaching assistants to enable them to provide appropriate assessment and focused provision for children in their class with SEND. She can be contacted by telephoning the school or by emailing the admin team to make an appointment on:
Whitchurch CE Infant and Nursery Academy
T: 01948 662905
Whitchurch CE Junior Academy
T: 01948 662255
Inclusion at ‘The Whitchurch Church of England Federation’ is about providing equality and excellence for all in order to promote the highest possible standards of achievement, enabling all pupils to take part as fully as possible in every part of Federation life.
‘All children and young people are entitled to an appropriate education, one that is appropriate to their needs, promotes high
standards and the fulfilment of potential. This should enable them to:
• achieve their best
• become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and
• make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training’
Improving outcomes: high aspirations and expectations for children and young people with SEN (DfE SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years)
Every Mind Matters
Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organisation)
At The Whitchurch Church of England Federation, we are committed to promoting positive mental health for every child and every member of staff. We do this in a variety of different ways these include –
· PSHE lessons happen on a weekly basis. In these lessons, mental health and well-being are at the forefront of the children’s learning.
· We are proactive in building emotional well-being, mental health and resilience to all individuals.
· All our staff recognise the importance of listening to each and every child and their worries/concerns. They can then support them to find a solution/ point them in the right direction for support.
· In each classroom we have a worry box so that the children can share any concerns in private if they so wish or with their class. The class teachers regularly check the boxes and will go through them with their class or individual children (if required) This enables the children to always feel heard and to gain the support they need.
· Teachers and teaching and learning practitioners run a range of interventions that promote positive mental health.
· We invite in charities and companies (NSPCC for example) to promote positive mental health.
· We run regular assemblies for the children to promote positive mental health and to remind them of the support that is available at the academy.
· We use the Jigsaw PSHE Whole school programme which works on building emotional well-being, mental health and resilience and the REST scale is used to measure resilience and to measure the impact of the Jigsaw PSHE programme.