Inclusion at East Bierley
'Nurture provision is very effective because pupils are given time and space to calm and reflect and develop
answers to questions. Pupils say they appreciate this and staff are very effective in enabling them to feel
supported when they need it. Developing resilience is a strength of the school because it is informed by current thinking in Church school development. The considerable expertise in mental health that exists in the school enables both pupils and staff to flourish. Spiritual development is further developed in the enrichment and enhancement curriculum time when pupils can, for example, reflect privately through any medium to specially selected music.' SIAMS 2019
We want all children to achieve their potential and have a sense of pride in their achievements. Lessons are differentiated to enable all children to access their learning within their classroom with the children in class. All lessons provide the opportunity for children to be successful and develop confidence and life long skills for learning.
Where additional support is required, the class teacher and Mrs Divine, our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) will work together with you to ensure we are meeting your child's needs.
Maintained schools are required to publish a report on their policy for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The report must include:
- the school's admission arrangements for pupils with SEN or disabilities
- the steps we've taken to prevent pupils with SEN from being treated less favourably than other pupils
- details of our access facilities for pupils with SEN
- the accessibility policy our governing body has written in compliance with paragraph 3 of schedule 10 to the Equality Act 2010
Nurture and Resilience
We are developing our nurture room in order to have a special place where we can work with small groups and individuals. This is a positive and self-affirming space where we celebrate individuals and those who always make the right choices. It can be used for curriculum based work, enrichment opportunities and PSHCE group work as well as School Council meetings. If anyone wants to talk to a member of staff and need the time to think, talk or reflect, this is the space to do it. This is the place to chill out!
Mental health and well being
The mental health and well being of our children and staff is vitally important. To help ensure we can recognise signs that mental health is not as positive as we are aiming for in order to provide early support, we have mental health first aiders in school, for children and adults. Our policies are written with regard for the positive mental health of everyone who is part of our school. We are striving to ensure all staff are trained in mental health awareness and to embed the skills children (and adults) need to flourish into our school curriculum. We recognise the importance of relationships in school in helping to support children and adults maintain a positive mental health.
For children, we are using the Public Health England Young Advisors 2016 definition of mental health, that it is 'Children and young people feeling good, feeling that their life is going well, and feeling able to get on with their daily lives.'
The whole school definition is the World Health Organisation one for mental health. Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes 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.
Alia in Year 1 explained“there are two kinds of healthy. One is being a healthy body and one is having a healthy mind.”
We have a number of books linked to aspects of maintaining positive mental health and engage in a range of lessons within class or in small groups. Sometimes children have individual personalised sessions too. For more information see here.
The School Mental Health Lead is Mrs Upham
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs L Upham.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs R Divine and Mrs C Sneddon.
Learning and Behaviour Support
We support children with their learning and behaviour in school. Our school system celebrates the positives and seeks to catch children making the right choices. Where additional support is needed, we work closely with parents and carers and individual systems may be set up. Your child's class teacher will begin this process with you.
Sometimes children need additional support for a short space of time and we move staff round in school to enable this to happen.
Mrs Webb and Miss Dransfield provide our nurture support in school. They may work with children 1-1, in small groups or in class. Their role is to help overcome a range of barriers children may have at different stages. They also work with children who always make the right choices to celebrate the effort they put in.
We work as one team in school and all members of staff are able to help children if they have any additional needs or worries.
Pupil Premium Funding
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Funding, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those children who are not. Pupil Premium Funding is used to tackle disadvantage in order to reach the pupils who need it most. Bridging the attainment gap between children eligible the pupil premium and their peers is a government priority. At East Bierley we have high aspirations for all and focus on high-quality teaching for all children, including those children entitled the pupil premium who are most able. Focusing our resources on strategies that support children to feel socially and emotionally secure, build strong partnerships with parents and develop children’s independent learning skills are crucial to develop strong foundations for future learning. We invest time to talk with children and families and encourage good attendance and behaviour which is a priority. Our teachers constantly reflect on their practice to meet the needs of our children is no single strategy works well at all times.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Sports Premium Funding
The government have set aside money to spend on improving the quality of sports and PE in all Primary schools. This money is jointly provided by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sports.
At East Bierley we receive £16,000 per annum and £10 per pupil (From Year 1-6).
This funding is used to ensure all our pupils have access to high quality PE, develop healthy lifestyles and it promotes engagement in PE and sports.
We work with others to provide additional support for children in school. Let June Make a Difference have very kindly supported school on a number of occasions.