We provide an environment where all children have the opportunity to flourish and achieve their full potential. We believe that there should be no barriers to learning.
Mrs Reid, Assistant Head (Inclusion and Partnerships)
An Inclusive School
At the heart of Downsbrook is our inclusion ethos and the rigorous and fully comprehensive systems that support this.
All teachers at Downsbrook are committed to creative and inclusive learning environments that aim to meet the needs of all pupils. The learning environment incorporates different learning styles, gender, cultural diversity and a variety of interests. A variety of different presentation techniques are used including interactive displays and table top displays. All our displays include questions and allow the opportunity for the child to engage with the display. We strive to find a balance between learning aids that support the children with their learning e.g. number lines and key vocabulary, but also to ensure we allow opportunities to celebrate the children’s own work and learning by displaying it clearly and prominently in their classroom and around the school environment. Our classrooms incorporate opportunities to display a balance of all areas of the curriculum and displays are regularly changed and updated. For children with specific needs the learning environment may include their own timetable, a now and next support grid or an established area of the classroom with their own workstation.We aim to meet the needs of all children so that every individual child makes accelerated progress and meets their full potential. We believe that there are no barriers to learning that cannot be overcome; it is our job to identify any potential obstacles and remove them through supporting children and their families both in and out of school. Our incredible Inclusion Team work tirelessly to ensure that every child who walks through our door gets what he or she needs to fulfil his or her potential. Our teachers plan lessons meticulously to ensure that each child in each class continues to make progress day after day; we strive for and succeed at educational excellence in our everyday practice.
A copy of our Pupil Premium Strategy can be found here.
Special Educational Needs
Quality First Teaching by the class teacher is at the core of our inclusive ethos and our provision for children with special educational needs or children with disabilities (SEND). All planning is therefore fully differentiated and has tailored variation so that all children can fully access the curriculum and make progress at their level. Building on this Quality First Teaching, there is also an additional range of support and expert advice that can be put in place to meet the needs of children with special educational needs or when we identify that a child might be underachieving. If you are concerned about your child, please speak to your child's class teacher and/or the school's SENCO. They will be able to advise you on the range of support available and what would best meet the needs of your child. All support given will be measured according to the aims of the intervention to ensure that they have the desired impact as well as to ensure children are generalising and transferring the skills they learn back to the classroom.
All class teachers understand the importance of catering for children with Special Educational Needs or disabilities (SEND) and we work with both internal and external agencies in order to provide the best level of care for children, as well as tracking and monitoring academic progress.
At Downsbrook we are committed to helping each child realise their potential and want the children in our care to be happy at school. Whether your child’s special needs are related to long term learning, emotional or physical difficulties, or a short period of crisis, it is important that their needs are recognised and that they receive appropriate support.
Our nurture group also provides intensive support for a small group of identified children as do our Lego Therapy sessions and a range of other sessions. We support the development of speech and language through the use of Makaton signing throughout the school. The school fully meets the DDA regulations and we have a robust and effective SEND Policy, Intimate Care Policy and Accessibility Plan in place.
Behaviour & Welfare Support
We take great pride in our children’s behaviour. We like to think that our strong home-school partnership plays a major part in encouraging the highest standards of behaviour. Our school’s Restorative Behaviour Policy, Life Skills Curriculum and Core Values ensure we have a consistent focus on positive values, not on punitive consequences. Our Behaviour and welfare Co-ordinator plays a key role in ensuring that our behaviour procedures are as inclusive and supportive as possible.
Children will only learn and meet their full potential if they feel safe and happy. We recognise the importance of partnership working between home and school in order to ensure that every child's needs are met to support them to meet their full potential. We operate an open door policy and strive to ensure that we are able to meet and communicate with all parents as regularly as possible.
Here at Downsbrook we recognise that sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan and there may be times when events outside of school affect children's happiness and ability to focus in school. We are very lucky to have a dedicated Behaviour and Welfare co-ordinator to support children in feeling settled, safe and happy in school.
In relation to this, we also understand that parenting is a hard job and, at times, there can be barriers to meeting a child's needs, such as housing, finances, bereavement etc. Our Inclusion Team are therefore able to provide support and guidance to access other services, provide advice as well as work in partnership with you to support you to help your child meet their full potential. The work that the Inclusion Team carry out is varied and individualised to the particular situations that you and your family might be facing.
Bullying is not an acceptable or inevitable part of growing up and it will not be tolerated. Our Anti-Bullying Policy sets out all we do to prevent bullying, as well as responding appropriately when we suspect that negative behaviour is being targeted at individuals or groups. We hold an Anti Bullying Week every year and we hope everyone in our school community feels able to speak up and speak out against bullying.