OIS is a non-selective school and we nurture every child: each student has an equal opportunity to make the best possible progress in their academic work, creative and physical development. We value and encourage the contribution of all pupils to the life of the school, whether in the classroom, on the sports field, in the choir or orchestra, or within the community in general.
Curriculum delivery is developed with the goal of minimising barriers to learning by incorporating good practice into our provision for all. Where ‘Quality First Teaching’ is insufficient to meet the whole remit of a pupil’s needs, additional and different provision will be made. We actively encourage the involvement of staff, pupils and parents in the education of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Learning difficulties are assessed and provided for in a variety of ways, so that children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential with the guidance and support of all their teachers. All teachers are teachers of special needs: class and subject teachers are involved in the identification of children with SEND; they also have a responsibility for its provision within the classroom.
Our Learning Support Assistants are employed in a variety of roles which range from specific one-to-one support for children with Educational Health Care Plans to small group support of children within a classroom to top up their skills.
We also employ specialist teachers to come in and support children’s learning, in 1:1 sessions, during the school day. These 1:1 sessions are paid for by the parents or by the Local Education Authority, if the child has an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).