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SEND & inclusion: An award-winning approach

Whitefield Primary School won the Award for Primary Provision at the Nasen Awards. SENCO Marie Beale gives us an insight into life in a school where supporting students with SEND is a priority, and explains the key tenets of their practice

The work of our amazing team of staff has given Whitefield Primary School in Liverpool a fantastic local reputation for delivering an inclusive curriculum which helps learners with SEND to succeed.

We feel incredibly proud of this recognition, and it has led to growth as parents and carers promote our offers to others, but it has meant that the percentage of students with SEND on roll is higher than the percentage of students with SEND in the local population – currently around 30% of the school are on the SEND register.

In practice this does put a strain on our funding and ability to support children in the way we would like. Inclusion requires trained, skilled staff, and the national funding model is based on school’s meeting an arbitrary first £6,000 of provision for children with complex needs.

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