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Inclusion at Vernham Dean Primary

At Vernham Dean Primary we believe passionately in the importance of inclusion and equality for all pupils and adults, and strive to ensure that these values are at the heart of our inclusion practices.  We believe that an effective school is an inclusive school.  We recognise the need to implement our ethos both in and out of the classroom. We want our pupils to be safe, enjoy education and grow so that they may become successful adults who will make a contribution to society.  We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school to ensure we are providing this for all our pupils.

Where our pupils have additional needs, steps will be taken to prevent these from becoming a barrier to learning.   By this positive action, we believe our pupils regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, special needs, attainment and background will receive an equal opportunity to progress and fulfil their potential.

At Vernham Dean, we provide our pupils with an engaging and diverse curriculum.  We provide many opportunities for our pupils to be motivated and enjoy learning through educational visits, residential activities and visitors who bring different experience of life.  In addition, our Smart School Council and outdoor learning opportunities ensure that our pupils have access to a Voice and learning beyond the classroom.



We understand that each pupil has individual and unique needs.  However, some pupils require more support than others to achieve.  We recognise that pupils learn at different rates and that there many factors influencing progress including ability, emotional state, age and maturity.  Therefore we acknowledge that some pupils may need a little extra support for a short period, or for longer periods of time.



The school puts into place interventions on an individual needs led basis

Our current Speech and Language therapist is: Rhiann Owen


Speech, Language and Communication Needs

The school has a positive and effective working partnership with our NHS Mainstream Speech Therapist who provides programmes and therapy to any pupil within the school who may need provision.  Our support staff run individualised programs on a daily or when needed.


Cognitive and Learning Needs

Specific learning difficulties (SpLD), affect one or more specific aspects of learning. This encompasses a range of conditions such as working memory, dyslexia and dyscalculia. We work with our attached Educational Psychologist.


Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

The school closely monitors behaviour both in and outside the classroom to ensure that the necessary support is provided where needed.  We ensure a positive learning experience for every child, praising and rewarding good behaviour, which sets a high expectation across the school.

For those pupils who need extra pastoral care, for example, concerns, worries or service pupils who may be missing a parent on active duty we have a Pastoral Care Team (PCT) 


Special Education Needs (SEND) Governor

Our SEN Governor is Paul Nicoll who is our Chair of Governors.  He keeps up-to-date with the school by visiting on a regular basis.  He also monitors pupil progress through the Governor Working Group.


What if you have a concern about your child?

Our staff are committed to caring for and helping children in every way possible.   Nevertheless, as a parent it is natural that you will worry about your child. Should you have  a concern, you are invited to approach your child’s class teacher to discuss the matter informally through our open door policy.

We are committed to responding to worries and concerns quickly.  If you wish to talk about your child’s needs with our Inclusion Manager then please make an appointment to see Mrs Silver who is our SENDCo.