An Inclusive Curriculum

Care and guidance underpins all aspects of our inclusive provision at WSS, we want our students to enjoy their education, feel valued and develop both academically and personally. All students are supported in their learning and encouraged to engage in every aspect of school life.

Should students experience barriers to their learning be they academic, physical, emotional or social we promptly intervene to support their access to the curriculum and enjoyment of school. Our school operates strong inclusion practices led by our Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Learning Support teams.

Our students are taught in mixed ability classes and supported to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of school life. Effective learning requires that students have access to safe and interruption free classrooms in which young people have the confidence to ‘give things a go’ and understand that it is ok to make mistakes. It also demands effective modelling of key concepts to allow students the opportunity to fully understand what is expected of them and experience a high level of success in lessons. Our feedback and assessment practices monitor when we intended learning has not been fully secured by students and our teachers effectively intervene, adjusting their teaching to do things differently to help all students learn well.

For those students with special educational needs and disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to support their needs we ensure access arrangements are in place to support their normal way of working and, where required, deploy Learning Support Assistants. We believe that all our students should be valued, treated with respect and be given equal opportunities in all forms of school life.

At WSS, there is a strong focus on students’ literacy and numeracy skills and where appropriate we facilitate increased access to English and maths. Small group intervention is used to target gaps in understanding in core subjects. For students who miss aspects of their learning or require extra help, catch up activities and targeted support are readily available.