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Inclusion (SEND & PP)

Inclusion at Merstham Primary School

Inclusion is at the heart of our school, we celebrate that all children are different and are indeed unique. As the school continues to grow we endeavour to always provide a positive and nurturing environment whereby our children feel able to build upon their strengths and their areas for development. 

School SENCO: Mr Gavin Oulton (from 19/04/2022 to 27/05/2022)

Contact through the school office: 01737 924476

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At Merstham Primary School, we aim to ensure that each child is fully included in all aspects of school life and make reasonable adjustments to meet their needs. These may encompass:


  • Children with Special Educational Needs (Please see our SEND Policy, Information Report and the Local Offer within Surrey)
  • Children with Medical Needs (Please see our Medical Needs and First Aid Policy)
  • Children with English as an Additional Language (Please see our EAL Policy)
  • Children requiring pastoral support. (We have a licensed thrive practitioner on site)

We aim:

  • To ensure that the language and learning needs of individual pupils are clearly identified and provided for
  • To enable pupils to gain full access to the Curriculum and develop strategies to overcome any obstacles that might prevent pupils from achieving their full potential. 

We achieve this by:

  • Using a universal pedagogical approach rooted in Cognitive Load Theory
  • Assessing each child's needs to plan and set targets for the individual
  • Depending on the individual needs of pupils, providing curriculum support in class, additional support in small group and targeted specialist strategies as appropriate for language development and enrichment.

In class support includes:

  • Effective use of visuals and ICT
  • Use of Zones of Regulation
  • Language screener for children in Reception and for all children with identified language barrier to learning
  • Use of Colourful Semantics, Makaton, NELI and other language and communication supports

Our teachers keep parents and carers regularly informed about pupil's progress. Parents and carers are invited to share in achievements through school reports, parents' evenings, Studybug messages home and our Dragonflyer newsletter which details certificates and rewards achieved during the school's weekly celebration assembly.