Our school is a designated school with additional resources from the Local Authority (LA) to enable 6 children with physical disabilities to be educated alongside their peers across the school. Our school is fully wheelchair accessible.
We see the inclusion of disabled children as a very important aspect of life at Kentish Town C E School. We believe disabled children have the right to be educated alongside their friends in a mainstream school and to access as much of school life as is possible.
Pupils are referred to the school by Camden LA Special Education Needs (SEN) panel and applications are considered individually. Decisions are made based on the suitability of the school’s provision to meet a pupil’s needs and the number of places available.
Children with disabilities are educated with their peers and may at times be withdrawn from class for therapy or individual teaching. The Inclusion Manager is responsible for overseeing the provision and for supporting children, parents and staff in working towards inclusion for pupils with disabilities in all aspects of school life. He also liaises with outside agencies and helps to provide ongoing In Service Training for all staff. This may involve observing, or working alongside a colleague or a health professional.
Due to the complex nature of school in having two resource bases the number of children with Statements/ECHP’s in each class can vary. All TAs work together with the class teacher in class teams. The number of additional staff in the classroom depends on the level of need and the number of children with EHC plans. All staff work flexibly across a range of children supporting their individual needs in order to achieve the outcomes set in their EHC plans. Children with highly complex needs will attract a higher level of support from the staff. Our main aim is to develop independence in children and to avoid the highly dependent relationships that can occur when a child spends all of their time at school being supported. All staff have up to date manual handling training and are used to supporting children who require hoisting on a daily basis.
Thorough planning for all trips, including weekly swimming and the Year Six residential trip, removes barriers to inclusion and ensures that children with disabilities can take part. The School Council plays an important role in ensuring that the voice of the child is heard and there are regular school assemblies celebrating equality and difference.