Learning

Inclusion

Providing the best we can for every pupil is what we are about at St Thomas’. This page introduces our Inclusion Team but every teacher at St Thomas’ is a teacher of SEND.

We start with Quality First teaching to ensure that all children are included and make the progress they should. There are a series of Intervention Waves (see below) and we work very hard to ensure each and every child achieves their very best in every way while they are at St Thomas’.


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The aims of the Inclusion Team at St Thomas of Canterbury are that:

  • all pupils, regardless of their particular needs, are provided with inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in the school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community.
  • We expect that all pupils with SEND will meet or exceed the high expectations set for them based on their age and starting points
  • We will use our best endeavours to give pupils with SEND the support they need
  • Ambitious educational and wider outcomes will be set for them together with you as parents and with your child
  • We want all pupils to become confident individuals who will be able to make a successful transition on to the next phase of their educational journey and into adulthood

We are looking forward to working as a team and with families to provide the best provision possible for the children at St Thomas’.

Meeting the Inclusion Team

Appointments to meet with Mrs Carter as Inclusion Leader or our SENDCos, Mrs McNiff and Mrs Terry and our Home School Link Worker, Kate Shaw can be made through the School office or direct by phone or email. All the contact details are in the SEND Information Report.

We also hold termly Coffee mornings – an informal opportunity to get together with the team  and to hear about and discuss a topical issue. This year the dates and themes are:

  • Tuesday 10th October 2017 at 9.00am:     Self esteem (the resources from this session are available on the Parent Learning page)
  • Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 9.00am:     Working memory
  • Thursday 16th April 2018 at 9.00am:          SEND provision at St Thomas’

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Inclusion Team at St Thomas’

Kate Carter

Inclusion Team Leader

Kate has responsibility for intervention and Inclusion across the school. mrscarter@st-thomas.surrey.sch.uk

Caroline Mc Niff

Senco (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)

Caroline has responsibility for provision for children with SEN and Education and Healthcare Plans with a focus on Early Years, Key stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2. senco@st-thomas.surrey.sch.uk (Mondays and Thursdays)

Laura Terry

Senco (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)

Laura shares the responsibility for provision for children with SEN and Education and Healthcare Plans with a focus on Years 5-6. senco@st-thomas.surrey.sch.uk (Mondays – Thursdays)

Kate Shaw

Home School Link Worker

Kate has a pastoral role supporting families and signposting where additional support can be sought if necessary. hslw@st-thomas.surrey.sch.uk Mobile: 07725250435 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Heather Mitchinson

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Heather delivers Emotional Literacy support sessions to children on a one to one basis.

Alison Skobelski

Alison Skobelski co-leads Maths Intervention across the school. Interventions include Snap Maths, 1stclass@number and Success at Arithmetic.

Lisa May

Lisa May co-leads Maths Intervention across the school. Interventions include Snap Maths, 1stclass@number and Success at Arithmetic.

Grazyna Slominski

Grazyna leads speech and language interventions across the school with a focus on our Early Years' classes and children for whom English is an additional language.

Emma Tann

Emma Tann is a SLCN Teaching Assistant who delivers speech and language support on a 1:1 basis.

Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson gives SEND admin support.

Gemma Read

Gemma Read gives SEND admin support.