The Inclusion Faculty is made up of the Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) departments - the EMA HoD and the SENDCo report to the Head of the Inclusion Faculty. The faculty works in close liaison with the wider Inclusion Faculty at Park View.
Park View is an inclusive school where students have equal opportunities to fulfil their full potential in all aspects of their development, regardless of their type of additional need.
One of the main aims of the Inclusion Faculty is to train subject staff on effective differentiation strategies (Wave 1 teaching) so that:
· All teachers are teachers of students with SEN and EAL. Teaching such students is therefore a whole school responsibility
· All curriculum teams are expected to review regularly their resources, practice and support for students with SEND and EAL
Students with Additional Needs catered for within the Inclusion Faculty:
· EAL English as an Additional Language
· SEND Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities
Students with Additional Needs catered for outside the Inclusion Faculty:
· HAPs High Achieving Pupils
· SEBD Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (provision is coordinated within the wider inclusion team by the SEBD Coordinator)
The policy for additional needs pupils is a fundamental part of the Equal Opportunities philosophy of the school and underpins all teaching and learning within the school:
· Providing equality of opportunity for all students with additional needs
· Developing and promoting understanding , respect and tolerance amongst all students
· Providing access to the curriculum so that all additional needs students can achieve their potential
· Equipping all additional needs students with knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to become responsible citizens within the community
· Enabling all additional needs students to achieve the highest possible standards of achievement and behaviour
· Enabling additional needs students to contribute to and take increasing responsibility for their own learning
Partnerships - A Whole School Approach
All staff have the responsibility to cater for the needs of all the students in their care. This necessitates high levels of communication between the Inclusion Faculty, the rest of the Inclusion Team, outside agencies and other internal staff. Many additional needs students require holistic support both pastorally and academically. These students are flagged up at PANEL meetings.
PANEL Meetings: a group of staff drawn from the Inclusion Faculty and the rest of the Inclusion Team as well as representatives from outside agencies and pastoral staff. This group of professionals meets weekly to discuss referrals of students who are perceived as a cause for concern and individual support plans are discussed and put in place for them.
They also review CAF referrals to draw together the necessary evidence and hold “case conferences” for the staff who teach some of the students with the greatest additional need.
Examples of members working in partnership with the Inclusion faculty:
· Assistant Head teacher in charge of Inclusion
· Literacy Coordinator
· CAMHS representatives
· Educational Psychologist
· Safeguarding Manager
· Social Worker
· Attendance & Education Welfare Officer (EWO)