What Is Inclusion?
Inclusion in education involves:
- Valuing all students and staff equally;
- Reducing barriers to learning and participation for all students, not only those with impairments or those who are categorised as `having special educational needs';
- Learning from attempts to overcome barriers to the access and participation of particular students to make changes for the benefit of students more widely;
- Viewing the difference between students as resources to support learning, rather than as problems to be overcome;
- Acknowledging the right of students to an education;
- Improving schools for staff as well as for students;
- Emphasising the role of schools in building community and developing values, as well as in increasing achievement;
- Fostering mutually sustaining relationships between schools and communities;
- Recognising that inclusion in education is one aspect of inclusion in society;
Inclusion is a sense of belonging: feeling respected, valued for who you are; feeling a level of supportive energy and commitment from others so that you can do your best work.”
(Miller, Frederick A. and Katz, Judith H. 2002)
We recognise that there may be a diversity of needs relating to learning, health, behaviour, emotion and physical requirements. To read about how SEN pupils are admitted, treated equitably and how access is enabled for them please refer to the following policies:
This September, the Government changed the Special Education Needs Code of Practice, replacing the stages of support previously called School Action and School Action Plus with a single category of SEN Support. Click here for more information and our schools response. SEND 14 changes
At Barnsbury we have a number of staff who support children with different needs.
Our Inclusion Leader is the key person who you would need to make contact with if you consider your child to have additional needs.
Inclusion Lead Miss Louise Powell
Home School Link Worker (HSLW)
At Barnsbury, we strongly believe that the best outcomes for young children occur when parents/carers work in partnership with our school. Your first line of support for learning related issues should always be your child’s Class teacher who may decide with you that the Home School Link Worker support is appropriate.
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant(ELSA)
An ELSA is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. A teaching assistant who has received additional training and has experience of working with children. ELSA’s are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologist in the local area. An ELSA Is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school. The aim is to help try and remove barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home. An ELSA can help with self-esteem, social skills, emotions, anxiety, relaxation techniques and more.
ELSA Mrs Amber Zia
Please talk to the class teacher if you have concerns about your child and feel they may need some support from Ms Zia our ELSA.