St Francis De Sales Catholic Infant And Nursery School

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Equalities and Inclusion

Here at St Francis de Sales Catholic Infant and Nursery School,  we ensure that every member of our school community – pupils, parents, staff and visitors – feel safe and included. We are an inclusive school and every child, whatever their individual abilities or needs, is equally valued and welcome here. We expect all parents and visitors to understand and support our inclusive ethos.

What do we mean by inclusion? Inclusion is a universal human right. The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of race, gender, disability, medical or other needs. It is about giving equal access and opportunities and getting rid of discrimination and intolerance. Inclusion in schools describes the right of parents and children to access mainstream education alongside their peers. Inclusion is about providing equal opportunities for all children. This means that all of the following groups have the same rights: · boys and girls · minority ethnic and faith groups, travelers, asylum seekers and refugees · children who need support to learn English as an additional language · children and with additional educational needs · children who are looked after by the local authority · children with disabilities · children with medical conditions · children from families under stress and children at risk of exclusion.

Sometimes children in these different groups may behave in ways that we find difficult to understand. In particular, children with additional needs and/ or disabilities can demonstrate different and even sometimes challenging behaviour. Please refer to our Positive Relationships and Behaviour policy for information about our inclusive behaviour strategies.

For further information, help, links and advice about inclusion of our children with additional needs, please refer to our SEND link under the Key Information heading.