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Special Educational Needs & Inclusion

School Life at West Hill gives all pupils the continuous opportunity to thrive in an inclusive and nurturing environment.

School life at West Hill gives all pupils the continuous opportunity to thrive in an inclusive and nurturing environment. We truly believe in education for all and really value the principles of inclusivity, growth-mindset and a nurturing school approach.

We encourage pupils to think about their successes as well as the areas that they need to improve on. A focus on respect, responsibility, keeping safe and being kind is a part of our core values. We believe that helping pupils to learn and grow is a collective responsibility for all of the staff, pupils, parents and the community. Our high expectations of each and every pupil inspires all to rise and overcome challenges in a supportive environment.

Our creative curriculum enables all pupils to learn and progress to the best of their ability. We have clear systems in place for the identification of children with  additional needs. We pride ourselves on good working relationships with parents to discuss the needs of their child and use the expertise of other professionals to support children with special educational needs.

We are proud to serve a community of pupils that speak over 30 languages and our curriculum is enriched to reflect a wide range of cultures, customs and religions. Our inclusive and creative curriculum encourages all pupils to research and learn from different artists, sporting heroes, pioneering scientists and other notable people.

A key part of our inclusive practice is the focus on positive praise for all children. Children are awarded house points, star of the week certificates, postcards of commendation which are sent home and challenge certificates. There are weekly assemblies where good behaviour and effort are celebrated.

Each year we celebrate diversity by holding an International Week and celebrating Black History Month.

West Hill Pupils are lucky enough to go on numerous educational trips throughout the school year and to be involved in a range of exciting in-school and external projects and clubs including music, sports and art.

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Pastoral Support

Our pastoral approach at West Hill supports and promotes child and family emotional health and well-being. We support all aspects of child development i.e. social, emotional , behavioural and academic progress. We are part of the school’s Early Help and Preventative services.

We work in partnership with an Educational Wellbeing Practitioner who comes in every week from Southfields Trailbalzer Mental Health Support Team. Prashan works with parents and carers of children experiencing fears and worries or common behavioural problems.

They offer two programmes; one for parents who would like support with managing their child’s anxiety and another for parents who would like support managing their child’s everyday tricky behaviour.  Both programmes consist of 8 sessions.

Anxiety sessions give parents/carers techniques to use with their child to help manage their anxiety and develop resilience.

Behaviour support sessions aim to strengthen family relationships and enable parents/carers to feel more confident in responding to their child’s behaviour.

The EWPs see parents/carers with children who are:

  • 4-11 years and often feel worries or fearful of specific things, such as dogs or social situations.
  • 3-8 years and are experiencing any of the following common difficulties: not listening or following instructions, difficutlies at bedtime, tantrums, being rude to parents.

They are unable to see childre who are currently open to social care or are being seen by CAMHS.

Sessions are held with parents/carers however they may ask the child to attend part of the sessions if it is helpful.

Parents/carers need to attend 4/5 face to face or remote sessions which can take place at school and be available for four 30 minute phone calls held during normal working hours.

 

Isaac Lubwama-Brian, Learning Mentor

I am a trained mentor and offer a range of mentoring sessions to build self-esteem, to reframe behavioural choices and reduce barriers to learning. I use goal based strategies to motivate children to learn. I have completed Mental Health First Aid training for Young People.
I can offer:
Therapeutically trained sessions with children in:

  • Tools of play therapy, 1:1 sessions with children.
  • Loss and Bereavement 1:1 and group sessions.

Referrals can be made by parents and carers, by staff and by children self-referring.

All our work is carried out with parent and child consent.