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Suffolk Inclusion Week - Organisation Pledges

As part on Suffolk Inclusion Week, we invited organisations to make a pledge towards becoming more inclusive, or share good practice already in place. 

If your organisation would like to be involved, please complete our Pledge Form.

Autism & ADHD

Overview of what you provide for children and young people with SEND

Support and coaching both pre and post diagnostically for Autism and ADHD#

Your pledge

We will continue to ensure that, by listening to our community, we make people feel included by being inclusive and accessible

How long will it take to implement

it is continually being adjusted and developed

Early Help - Suffolk County Council

Overview of what you provide for children and young people with SEND

Support for children and their families through CAF (common assessment framework)

Your pledge

As an Early Help Practice Lead, I pledge to add further scrutiny to CAF paperwork from schools and support staff I supervise to reflect more deeply on CAFs they are working where child or parent has SEN to enable them to fully access our services and support and to signpost appropriately both in education, health and care in order for the to have their needs met.

How long will it take to implement

It can happen immediately however the effect may take 6-12 months to be embedded with practice to desired effect.

Engagement Hub, Suffolk County Council

Overview of what you provide for children and young people with SEND

We facilitate networks of children and young people to hear their lived experiences and ensure we co-produce the services that matter to them.

Your pledge

We will continue to ensure we are advocates for those voices that may not be as easily heard when we are co-producing services and actively look at the barriers that may stop some of our children and young people from engaging with us.

How long will it take to implement

This process will be imbedded within our practice

Highfield Nursery School

Overview of what you provide for children and young people with SEND

Here at Highfield we aim to provide an environment inclusive to all children. We are committed to ensuring that all children are given the opportunities and support needed to achieve their full potential. 

We acknowledge and respect that each child attending our setting is unique, and some children may require individual support due to their unique set of needs.

We believe good mental wellbeing is key to children’s success to ensure resilience throughout life and is the responsibility of all staff and community. Evidence based research reinforces our nurturing approach and underpins our ethos.

Your pledge

We therefore have the following procedures in place to ensure equality of access to all:

  • Families are welcomed to visit when expressing an interest in Nursery.
  • We have several evening introductory sessions for parents/carers offered a place for their child. This is an opportunity to build parent/carer partnerships.
  • A home visit is offered. Teachers and key workers visit the child at home where parents/carers can express concerns.
  • During the first few weeks at Nursery each child is observed and assessed by their teacher and key workers in relation to their involvement levels and wellbeing. Immediate concerns are shared with parents and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co‐ordinator (SENDCo).
  • We follow a system of assessment based on Development Matters document, Characteristics of Effective Learning and resilience. This is a graduated response model. We feel it is wholly applicable to young children as it focuses on the fundamental areas necessary for lifelong learners. It offers interventions and support methods to strengthen emotional health.
  • Physical development and communication and language will also be assessed. Where possible, children are supported with individual support plans. Strategies can be incorporated within home and school.
  • After discussion with parents/carers outside professionals will be contacted if needed.
  • An Education, Health and Care Plan may be introduced upon review with other agencies. This is a statutory document which outlines the strengths and support needed from 0 – 25 years old. This will be reviewed annually by all the agencies involved.
  • Parents/carers will be able to access Suffolk’s Local Offer with support from the SENDCo and other professionals. This is a directory of services offered to support their child.
  • Medical conditions including mental health are supported as above.

Rather than children with SEND having a one-to-one person, who works closely with them, From September 2022, we have removed one-to-one provision and put more Early Years Educators in each classroom to support all children, including those with SEND.  This is a more inclusive way of ensuring children with SEND have full access to our curriculum and are supported by all adults in the room. 

They are able to build relationships with children and the adults in the room support their communication and language to ensure they can communicate with their peers and access all the activities, resources and provocations open to all children.  All staff are highly trained and skilled at working with children with SEND and ensuring they meet their individualised targets and ensure they are able to socialise and fully access the provision whilst at nursery.

How long will it take to implement

Already in place and ongoing

Monkey Workshops

Overview of what you provide for children and young people with SEND

We provide opportunities for students with SEND and SEMH through a variety of practical workshops to broaden their experiences. Workshops include woodwork; bike repairs and maintenance; music production and recording and horticulture.

Your pledge

We plan to increase the number of workshops on offer to ensure that any child that comes to Monkey Workshops has the opportunity to learn new skills, access an activity that they enjoy and are interested in and feel a sense of achievement.

How long will it take to implement

6 months 

PACT Parents and Carers Together CIC

Overview of what you provide for children and young people with SEND

We support parents and carers of children and young people experiencing mental health issues.

Your Pledge

Inclusive practice is something we are passionate about as it’s key to preventing deterioration of children and young people's mental health.

How long will it take to implement

As long as it takes

Tollgate Primary School

Overview of what you provide for children and young people with SEND

Here at Tollgate, we provide a warm and welcoming environment where everyone is included. We ensure that clubs and activities are supportive and inclusive where anyone who wants to be part of something is (limited only by numbers of participants). We celebrate our differences and have some staff trained in Trauma-informed and Thrive as well as ELSA to ensure our children get the understanding and reassurance they need to be successful. We ensure we start the day off right by staff welcoming the children into their classrooms and ensure they are ready to learn. We have an amazing pastoral team of Kelly Winn and Michelle Bailey who ensure parents feel listened to and support learners who are struggling during the day as well as those key SEMH interventions that really make a difference. I am the SENDCo of the school and my door is always open for staff, parents and children to discuss any issues that arise, and I create meaningful relationships with families to make sure they feel supported.

Your pledge

We are currently trialling Zones of Regulations for our year 2 class in support with them understanding everyone has different needs and different feelings. This will be a whole-school implementation by the end of the year.

We are also inviting Activities Unlimited and Families together in for assemblies to children and parents to ensure they know what support is out there for them in the community and we all work together as one (haven't heard back yet!)

How long will it take to implement

Over the year, we will branch our Zones of Regulation out to other year groups so by the end of the year, all staff and children understand what is needed to ensure they stay in the Green Zone majority of the time. Jaime Hudson and Laura Humphreys from the whole-school inclusion team have been amazing to work with and support the school.

Stem Learning

Overview of what you provide for children and young people with SEND

We support schools with STEM and have SEND STEM Ambassadors who can do assemblies and career talks.

Your pledge

Here to support

How long will it take to implement

We'd like to work with the Local Authority

We support schools with STEM and have SEND STEM Ambassadors who can do assemblies and career talks
Suffolk SENDIASS

Overview of what you provide for children and young people with SEND

We provide arms-length, impartial and confidential information, advice and support on education health and care around SEND.

Your pledge

We are including young people and encouraging more involvement from young people in our advisory body.

We will co-produce development of our information offer with young people.

We will reach out to groups of young people to learn how to encourage their involvement with our service.

How long will it take to implement

This will be ongoing work

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