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Inclusion at Waterside

From Mrs Willis – Inclusion Leader  


Dear Parent,

For those of you who are new to our school, my name is Mrs Willis and I am the Inclusion Leader here at Waterside Primary school. The term “Inclusion” is not only used to refer to the way in which we support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Waterside as being an inclusive school is about ensuring that all children have an equal opportunity and are given the best possible education, so that they can achieve their potential and be well prepared for adulthood. It is my job to look out for children who have English as an additional language, gifted, more able and talented and children with Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) to ensure that we are supporting their individual needs.  

This half term has allowed the children with SEND the opportunity to settle into their new classes and begin to achieve their individual targets.  This week has been an assessment week in school, and I have had the opportunity to talk to the children and their teachers about their individual targets and whether children are meeting their milestones towards their end of year goals. All children will receive new targets and these will be sent home after October half term and reviewed again in December before the Christmas break. To support your children with these targets at home, please remember to sign up to our workshops. There will be more workshops coming up next half-term so please keep an eye out on the website and weekly newsletter for upcoming events. These workshops will provide you with the opportunity to observe how teachers and support assistants teach and support your child in maths, reading and writing. 

At Waterside we place great importance on supporting children not only with their learning needs, but with their social, emotional and mental health. If children are finding it difficult to manage their emotions it can impact quite significantly on their lives both at home and at school. We use a number of interventions and strategies to support children who have social difficulties, low self-esteem, or who may be going through a traumatic period which affects their emotional wellbeing. If you feel that your child is having difficulty with his or her emotions, behaviour, or needs some help to deal with a traumatic event, please do let us know and we will endeavour to provide them with the right support.

In addition, these pointers are useful to help all children to develop good resilience:

  • Encourage your child to talk about how they are feeling and to always try to find solutions to problems, rather than just complaining or letting them drag you down.
  • Be a good role model – show your child how to face your fears, bounce back from mistakes, take responsibility when things go wrong and work to put things right.
  • Don’t over-protect your child – it’s important that they experience facing challenges and learn to deal with disappointment appropriately.
  • Keep things in perspective and try to find positives or humour in difficult situations.

Please remember, if you ever have any suggestions, queries or concerns about anything to do with inclusion and SEND, then do call or come and see me at the school - or don’t forget there is chance to drop-in and see your child’s teacher every Friday 3:40pm – 4:00pm.