At St. Paul’s Academy, we recognise that every student is an individual. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where every student can succeed no matter what their starting point. The Inclusion team are experienced, resourceful and creative. We are constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of our students.
We provide routine support across the board and specialised assistance for those who need it. Our aim is to go beyond simply providing a safety net; instead we help our students to develop successful strategies for dealing with their current issues and to prepare them to for issues that will inevitably come along in the future. In this way they can be happy in school, develop their full potential and go out into the world as well rounded young adults with the skills needed to be happy and successful citizens of the future.
Incorporated within the Inclusion Learning Zone are the Special Educational Needs and Disability team, the Mentors, Chaplaincy and the services regularly provided by the School Nurse, our Careers Officer, CAMHS link worker, Speech and Language Therapists and the School Counsellor. Staff from the Inclusion team also work closely with a range of other visiting professionals.
The Inclusion team work closely with students whose behaviour is affecting their own or others’ learning and wellbeing, challenging as well as supporting them to enable improvement. This may involve one to one mentoring over a period of time, group work or in some cases, accessing specialist interventions. We also recognise the importance of working closely with parents, carers and relevant professionals in order to ensure that we are working together and supporting each other to achieve improvement for all. Parents are offered a range of support including coffee mornings, workshops and as many consultations as they need with relevant staff members or professionals.
Inclusion staff also support and deliver positive mental health, anti-bullying and resilience workshops for every student at the academy. We also work with voluntary groups and organisations e.g. Citizens UK and XLP. We encourage and support our students to take full advantage of all the amazing opportunities available to them across the capital.
Special Educational Needs
Students with special educational needs, including those with more complex needs, are included in all lessons where possible. They are supported in the classroom alongside their peers by subject specialist teaching assistants. Teaching and support staff are made aware of students’ needs and are provided with appropriate advice and support strategies by the SEND team. Students are not withdrawn from lessons unless they are receiving specialist intervention from a specialist teaching assistant or an outside agency e.g physiotherapy or literacy input. The needs of students with physical disabilities are met by specialist SEND support staff. As far as possible, we do not advocate a one to one support policy because we prefer to provide more discreet support to encourage independence.
SEND support ranges from timetabled one to one or group interventions to strategy meetings and work with families. When students reach KS4, SEND staff provide Life Skills support through links with other subjects.