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Inclusion at Bridgewater Primary School

Who we are

  • Mrs Frances Troop – Deputy Head Teacher/ Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) /Specialist Teacher of Dyslexia/Designated teacher for Looked After Children
  • Mrs Emma Cox – Special Educational Needs Teacher/Year 1 Teacher/Speech and Language
  • Miss Sharon Jones – Special Education Needs Support & Pastoral Care
  • Mrs Viv Watkins – Governor with responsibility for Inclusion and SEN

We also have an enthusiastic and dedicated group of Learning Support Assistants and HLTAs working alongside us, supporting children with additional needs throughout the school.

An overview of Inclusion and Pastoral Care

At Bridgewater we are delighted to have been recognised for the importance that inclusion plays within our school, having been awarded the IQM Flagship Award in February 2014 and the Inclusion Quality Mark in 2010. The 2014 report can be located in the section ‘What makes us unique?’ Dr Wendy Daley noted that “Inclusion here really means ALL…….Working together to build better futures is the reality here. Nurture and developmental practice impacts on the success of each child and builds the sustainable energy and skills to ensure continuous learning. Bridgewater builds lives and futures”.

Alongside our team of dedicated teachers and non-teaching staff we aim to:

  • Support all children in feeling that they belong whilst meeting their individual needs
  • Reduce barriers to learning and ensure participation
  • Recognise strengths and identify areas of difficultly to plan carefully-matched, personalised provision
  • Ensure interventions are closely matched to need
  • Offer additional social and emotional support through our nurture and pastoral care programmes
  • Signpost families to additional services and outside agencies when appropriate

Students identified as having a disability or special educational need either on entry or during their time at Bridgewater Primary will receive additional learning support in line with their specific need, which is carefully monitored. Students with Statements or Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs) will receive support in line with the recommendations of the Local Authority, who will have been involved in the statutory process. Alongside support in school, we also work with other outside agencies and services, such as:

  • Community Paediatricians
  • Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • School Nursing Team
  • Children’s Hearing Clinic
  • Children’s Occupational Health
  • Children’s Physiotherapy Service

We also commission support from other services, as appropriate, such as;

  • Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service
  • Jo Go Behaviour Support
  • Target Autism
  • Re-Reading

If you have concerns about your child

As a parent, if you have any concerns please contact a member of our team via your child’s Class Teacher or come along to our weekly drop-in sessions during Walk in Wednesday, between 8.45 am - 9.15 am. These sessions are on a 1:1 basis and no appointment is necessary. At other times please contact the School Office for an appointment. We also welcome visits from prospective parents, whose children have additional needs. Further information including our school’s offer can be found in the Inclusion/SEN Policy.

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