The ethos of Great Bedwyn CofE School is one which values the individuality of the child.  The staff and governors are committed to a policy which seeks to meet the individual needs of each child, particularly by developing and reinforcing self-esteem and by encouraging a positive attitude to life.  To these ends, each child is helped to achieve a feeling of success in some aspect of school life and every effort made to instil a sense of pride in themselves and their work.  Our vulnerable learners, including our pupil premium and SEND pupils are actively encouraged to participate in events and clubs, to further develop their confidence, self-esteem and ensure that they feel part of a community. Excalibur Academies Trust’s Policy is consistent with the fundamental principles contained in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice, 2014.

We are committed to ensuring that our pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities make the best possible progress. Key to achieving this are the three I’s:

  • Inclusion

  • Identification

  • Involvement

Identification: The early identification of SEND is very important in allowing children to thrive.  We use several diagnostic and assessment tools and monitor progress carefully.  If we spot potential gaps in understanding we act quickly, putting interventions and support in place as soon as possible. Interventions are used to accelerate progress and a system of ‘pre-teaching’ is used for those who may benefit from additional support.

Progress is closely monitored and if necessary we write personalised plans, in partnership with parents. Targets are set, taking into account the way each child learns best.