At Churchtown we firmly believe that all children have an entitlement to be educated alongside their peers in their local community. As an inclusive community we are committed to developing inclusive cultures, policies and practices. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. We make this a reality through the attention that we pay to the different groups of children within our school:
At Churchtown the Inclusion Team comprises of Sue Anderson (Assistant Headteacher Inclusion / SENCo,) Christine Wilson (Assistant Headteacher, Teaching & Learning) and Chris Bateman (Learning Mentor). The Inclusion team are supported by Stuart Duckworth (LA Educational Psychologist), and Clare Thornton ( LA Inclusion Consultant), who support our SEN and vulnerable pupils at our school.
Support for parents
Numbers Count is a programme that improves children's mathematical skills. It is part of the national Every Child Counts project and is delivered by a specially trained teacher. The aim is to help each child become numerate and confident; to enjoy learning maths in an active and positive environment and developing the skills to continue progressing in maths in the classroom after completing the programme. Most children make accelerated progress and the positive benefits often extend beyond just their maths and have a positive impact on their learning, confidence and attitude across the curriculum.
The Numbers Count lessons are very specifically matched to where your child is in their development of mathematical thinking and skills. Therefore, the programme begins with 'diagnostic lessons' which inform us of what each child knows. Lessons are usually 1:1 although some children may work in pairs. They are for 30 minutes each day and last for about 40 sessions. Lessons are fun, pacy and focus on number and calculating. They also have a maths packs to bring home so they can share some of the activities with you and you can help reinforce the learning at home.
There are many ways you can support you child at home; practising counting real objects, spotting and reading numbers, playing games such as snakes and ladders, card games, dominoes and, of course, playing shops!
First Class @ Number
1st Class @ Number aims to raise the attainment of children who have moderate difficulties with mathematics from approximately level 1C towards level 2 (for 1st Class @ Number 1) and from Level 2C towards 3 (for 1st Class @ Number 2). It aims to build children’s confidence in mathematics as well as challenging them, and seeing them succeed while having fun.