Special Educational Needs and/or Disability
At Myatt Garden we strive to ensure that all children, including those with SEND can, and do, make progress. To this end, teachers focus on how they can support children by making Myatt Garden as inclusive as possible. Using a range of teaching strategies and tracking data, we are constantly striving to break down barriers to learning ensuring all children are able to access the learning opportunities on offer and make progress.
Jess Birnie, Specific Learning Difficuties treacher and Team Manager says “I always enjoy visiting Myatt Garden because it is a school with a very evident child centred and creative approach to learning. When I enter the foyer I am surrounded by wonderful, inventive art work, which I always make a point of looking at to pick up good ideas. Everybody is friendly and welcoming. It is a very inclusive school with a “can do” approach to problem solving when a child encounters barriers to their learning.”
In response to the proposed Children and Families Act 2014, Lewisham Education Authority have requested that all schools publish information pertaining to the provision they make for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability. You can view and download our documents below by clicking the following links.
Information to the Local Authority Local Offer can also be accessed via the following link: http://www.lewishamlocaloffer.org.uk/#/
“Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility.”*
Parents notwithstanding, all staff at Myatt Garden School have a duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of our children. We have rigorous procedures in place for vetting staff and volunteers. Our policy around parents and carers needing to be screened prior to helping in class or on trips has, on the whole, been embraced as a positive step towards keeping our children safe, even though it requires form filling and waiting time.
As well as training for every member of staff working at Myatt Garden School around identification and dealing with cases of suspected abuse, an important aspect of child protection is ensuring that children feel safe and are empowered to speak out.
Our safeguarding responsibility also means that as well as having to produce and regularly review our child protection policy and procedures; there may be times when we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies if there are concerns about a child’s welfare. Safeguarding is an area where parental involvement is vital as parents and carers know their children best. Wherever possible, we will always canvass the views of parents and carers to ensure their contribution is included in the safeguarding process.
*Making Arrangements to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children (DfES 2005)
Myatt Garden has a Pastoral & Learning Support Manager, Orlaine McDonald. The role is multi-faceted, working across the school to provide three linked areas of support between learning, behaviour and pupil welfare.
The duties include:
- Providing advice & support to Class Teachers to remove barriers to identified children’s learning.
- Working with individual children to promote independent learning.
- Developing early intervention programmes to support boys learning.
- Monitoring attendance & punctuality.
- Co-ordinating lunchtimes and managing the lunchtime team.
- Providing workshops and advice to parents and families.
- Developing pupil roles in the form of the lunchtime mentor team and peer mediators.
This is just a snapshot of the different components, which when brought together; form a coherent strategy for pupil progress and support. The core value of pastoral care at Myatt Garden is the drive to ensure all of our children are safe and happy in school, able to make a positive contribution to school life and most importantly become confident, active participants in their own learning.