Inclusion is a fundamental part of our values at Shire Oak school. Our staff work hard to set appropriate and interesting learning challenges for all pupils. Teaching styles are varied to take account of the different ways in which children learn so that they can all experience success.

Our curriculum has been developed to reflect the diverse needs of our pupils. We want our children to feel positive about their learning experience and to take pride in their individual achievements.

The Inclusion Team work in collaboration with class teachers to remove any barriers children may have in respect to learning. Advice is given in assessing children's needs and planning work. Some pupils may receive additional adult support within the classroom or small groups or individuals may be given one to one tutoring.  Additional work may include language work for those for whom English is not a first language or additional learning opportunities for our more able pupils. Pupils who have social, emotional or behavioural challenges can be supported by our Learning Mentor. School also makes good use of the expertise on offer from outside agencies and works closely with them to enrich learning experiences for our children.

Our buildings and outdoor areas have recently undergone extensive refurbishment so that our working environment is able to offer a range of possibilities to enhance children's access to the curriculum. Areas have been created to encourage children's language development and social interaction. Smaller working areas have also been created for group and individual work.

The school follows the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Criteria set by the Local Education Authority (LEA).  The school implements the SEN Code of Practice which means that children with learning challenges are identified promptly by the school.  All SEN information is confidential to teachers and parents.  Children's progress is closely monitored and reviewed at regular intervals by our Inclusion ManagerThe school is also able to access many support agencies in order to support children with specific challenges.

We welcome close partnerships with parents and encourage your involvement in your child's learning. Along with regular opportunities to visit school to see work and meet with your child's class teacher there is also an open invitation to meet and discuss issues with the Inclusion Manager or Learning Mentor.