Staff at Epping St. John's believe that all children should be provided with an equal opportunity to access a broad and balanced curriculum, and to be included in all activities at school that are open to students of their age group.
The Success Department works alongside teaching staff to support those students who present a wide range of additional needs and to ensure that all students receive support through quality first teaching. We are always trying to develop and improve the support we offer to children and young people. To reach their academic, social and emotional potential, the team offer various support approaches. The ‘Hive’ is a small and calm learning and social space for our students to visit during social times, as well as a classroom base for our nurture groups who receive additional literacy and numeracy focused lessons delivered by a dedicated nurture teacher. Bespoke One-Plans are written in conjunction with students and their parents/carers to triangulate the strategies that classroom teachers can make use of to support progress across the curriculum. We have a small team of co-educators who carousel around lessons to support our SEND students and maximise their progress. A weekly briefing item focuses on an area of need to offer teaching staff a series of strategies to support the curricular and emotional progress and development of students, as well as to empower teachers in terms of their own pedagogical approaches. We offer a range of literacy and numeracy Form Time Interventions to support students with any additional needs. We also offer support through a team of dedicated staff who offer mentoring, inclusion and guidance management to support students with their mental health and emotional needs and developments. This is further supported by external agencies such as our school’s counsellor, who visits weekly, a dedicated School Governor, as well as the support of BMAT’s resident Educational Psychologist and the local Educational Psychologist attached to our school.
Epping St. John's aims to secure equal opportunities for every child by promoting and supporting the development of an inclusive education within a secondary school setting, and by ensuring that, ultimately, every child is able to access mainstream education and receive appropriate, additional support in respect of any special educational needs they may have.