Our Approach to Teaching Children & Young People with SEND

At Ribbon Academy, every child is welcome. We are fully inclusive which means supporting all pupils to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of school life alongside their peers. All pupils follow the EYFS and National Curriculum at a level and pace that is appropriate to their ability. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.

Our curriculum is based on the formal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum, as well as a wide range of additional opportunities to enrich pupils’ life experiences. This also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning, personal growth and development of independence at all ages and ability levels. By encouraging independence at all age and ability levels, we endeavour to develop confidence, improve self-esteem and promote enthusiasm for learning in all our pupils.

Some of the actions we will take to achieve this are:

  • Understanding pupils’ individual difficulty or disability and how best to respond to this
  • Making adjustments to the curriculum to meet individual need
  • Making changes to the learning environment to make sure its stimulating enough to engage children but not too busy to distract them from their learning
  • Providing a quiet area for children who need it
  • Being consistent with rules and expectations with lots of practice to help children to make choices
  • Using visual prompts, such as a visual timetable.
  • Allowing extra time and the changing the way we deliver lessons to suit all learning styles
  • Using practical apparatus to support children’s learning so they can show they understand
  • Constantly revising and reinforcing skills
  • Helping pupils build positive relationships with adults so they can work together
  • Helping children develop friendships so they can learn together
  • Providing good role models to show all children how to learn
  • Helping children to be open and honest with themselves, each other, the adults in school and everyone at home.
  • Celebrating differences and helping children to recognise and celebrate those differences
  • Helping children to develop independence

‘Ribbon monitor the progress and well-being of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities carefully. Expectations for these pupils are high. As a result, they make generally good progress from their starting points.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘Early Years leaders and staff are expert in using their knowledge of what children can and cannot yet do to sharpen their planning and focus their teaching.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘Children get off to a flying start at school. They are happy and safe and increasingly independent, and
yet aware of others.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘The governing body knows the school and the local community very well.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘Staff and the governing body take safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. There is a culture of safeguarding at the school.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘Communication systems between classroom and
additional support staff are good and mean that these pupils have access to the
full range of the curriculum suited to their needs.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘Parents are
confident that their children are happy, safe and well taught.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘All support and communication is brilliant’

PARENT COMMENTS

‘There is clear evidence that you and your staff’s ongoing work to improve the depth of pupils’ mathematical understanding across the school is working.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘Disadvantaged and most-able children are making particularly good
progress.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘The teaching of phonics is a strength.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘We are so grateful to all the effort the teachers are putting in.’

PARENT COMMENTS

‘School are there when needed whether it’s for support or a chat. They are constantly checking how kids are getting on.’

PARENT COMMENTS

‘The quality of teaching across all subjects continues to improve.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘My son loves the interaction with his teachers. Thank you all so very much for your hard work and dedication.’

PARENT COMMENTS

‘School have done a fantastic job in all areas.’

PARENT COMMENTS

‘Pupils are taking more responsibility for their own learning as they move through Key Stage 1.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘School and staff should be commended for their quick shift and quality of what’s being communicated with the children.’

PARENT COMMENTS

‘Children settle well when they enter Ribbon Early Years, communication between home and school is good.’

OFSTED COMMENTS

‘Ribbon are doing a fantastic job.’

PARENT COMMENTS

‘The learning environment, both inside and out, is stimulating and attractive. Staff are skilled in ensuring that children develop their independence as learners who enjoy exploring the world.’

OFSTED COMMENTS