8. Listening to Children

How we listen and respond to children and young people with SEND involving them in the full life of the School

We make sure that we listen to children in our School and respond to what they say in a number of ways, including:

·         clear policies and systems to support children in expressing any worries or concerns that they have: giving children the right to choose a preferred adult to talk to (in each class there is a ‘worry box’ where children can write their feelings and the Inclusion Leadership Team will then take these on board)

·         talking to children and/or groups of children after lesson observations to understand their experience of the lesson

·         inviting children to make personal contributions to their Annual Review meetings, for example, through an interview or presentation

·         doing an annual pupil questionnaire with pupils to gather their views and opinions

·         encouraging children to respond to feedback given through developmental marking

·         agreeing individual targets with children

·         making sure that where possible, our School Council of pupil members is inclusive and represents the whole of our community.

·         ensuring that our safeguarding procedures (those procedures that help us to ensure children are free from harm, abuse or neglect) are strong and that all staff are well trained to respond promptly and effectively, but also sensitively and discreetly, to problems at home or in school that children may mention.