The overall aim of the Inclusion Service is to promote achievement and wellbeing for all children and young people. In essence, it means making sure that all children and young people have access to the same opportunities and services as everybody else and receive a high quality education, which is broad, balanced and relevant to meeting their individual needs.
The Pembrokeshire County Council’s Inclusion Strategy sets the principles which guide the delivery of inclusive education in Pembrokeshire. In particular, the strategy states that the majority of school age learners can and should be educated with others of their own age in their local community school which is properly equipped and fit for purpose.
The key functions of the service
- To contribute to the identification, assessment and review of the additional needs of children and young people from 0-19 year of age.
- To support schools in managing the process of inclusion.
- To support schools in the early identification and intervention for children with additional needs.
- To provide advice, guidance, support and in-service training for head teachers and school governors who have a responsibility for overseeing additional needs provision and for all staff in relation to their responsibilities and duties for pupils in their care.
- To make special provision for children and young people with additional needs.
- To liaise with other statutory and non-statutory agencies to ensure effective, efficient and equitable planning and delivery for provision for children and young people with additional learning needs.
- To provide parental advice, guidance and support and to encourage and support the participation of parents in the process of identification, assessment and intervention of their child’s additional needs.
- To ensure that the views of pupils are taken into account when considering special support and provision.
- To represent the Authority on regional and national bodies and contribute to wider research and strategic initiatives.
The following specific provision is available in Pembrokeshire
- One multi-purpose special school, which caters for pupils with Communication Disorders, Profound Learning Difficulties and Severe Learning Difficulties.
- Special School outreach service for pupils with complex needs based in mainstream school
- A designated link Educational Psychologist for all schools in the County.
- Assessment of children and young people with additional learning needs by the Educational Psychology Service, the Inclusion Service and the Behaviour Support Service.
- Learning Resource Centres and Outreach Support for nursery and Foundation Phase, Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils with complex learning needs and Autistic Spectrum Condition.
- Specialist advisory support for pupils with Hearing Impairments; Visual Impairments; Physical and Medical Difficulties.
- Specialist advisory support for pupils with Communication Difficulties including speech and language difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Condition.
- Specialist advisory support for children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Specific Learning Difficulties.
- Specialist advisory support for schools for pupils with English an Additional Language, for Gypsy Traveller Children.
- Specialist advisory support for school for pupils with Complex Learning Needs and pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties.
- Specialist Outreach Support for pupils with Behavioural, Social and Emotional Difficulties and for attendance issues.
- A Pupil Referral Unit at Key Stages 1,2 and 3 providing short-term intervention for pupils with more complex Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties.
- Specialist Provision for pupils with complex mental health issues.
- An annual programme of in-service professional development for teachers and other professional staff and a contribution to other professional development programmes including those for school governors.
The team also has responsibility for the following areas:
- More able and talented pupils
- Elective home education
- School Counselling Service
The governing body and head teacher are responsible for ensuring:
- There is due regard for the SEN Code of Practice in the school.
- The appointment of an Additional Learning Needs Coordinator (ALNCo) to oversee the special provision being made for children with Additional Learning Needs.
- A clear policy for ALN is in place.
- A summary of the effectiveness of the ALN policy is included in the governor's annual report to parents.
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