ICan – “Primary Talk” Accreditation
The "iCan Primary Talk” Accreditation was achieved in July 2015. We were accredited at Specialist Level, not because we are a Special Needs School but rather because of the high quality provision in place to support children's communication needs which is underpinned by the 'expert' knowledge and skill of our staff.
As a Communication Specialist School we deliver high quality, integrated speech and language therapy and education for children with the most severe and complex speech, language and communication needs. Services at Specialist Level can demonstrate collaborative multi-disciplinary practice that benefits the children and their families.
The external assessor/moderator praised St. Giles School for the following:
- Outstanding strategic lead from senior leaders has resulted in an effective provision for pupils with severe and complex Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
- Communication is integral to the school’s culture and overtly demonstrated through the physical environment and practice of all staff
- The impact of the focus on communication has led to a reduction in behaviour incidents and improvement in pupil attainment
- A wide range of differentiated strategies and specialist approaches were used by the whole staff team to support learning and inclusion
- Pupils were engaged in their lessons due to a high level of multisensory input and all opportunities were used to encourage independence skills
- There is an excellent deployment of staff and classroom teams work effectively together to meet the care and educational needs of each child
- Feedback from parents was extremely positive. In particular:
o Their involvement in their child’s IEP and sharing the target setting process
o The support and resources provided by school to address specific difficulties at home
o The good progress they have observed in their children since joining the school
o How their own expertise in SEN is recognised and used by the school to develop a ‘tailor made’ provision for their child
Inclusion Quality Mark - Centre of Excellence
Awarded in July 2016, St. Giles has been awarded ‘centre of excellence’ status for its high quality work in inclusion. As a school we met the following criteria:-
- Are committed to sustaining the Inclusion Quality Mark ethos through collaborative activities
- Have demonstrable plans to sustain and develop inclusive internal practice
- Have good mechanisms to disseminate and share good practice between the schools
- Have the capacity to share and disseminate good inclusion practice across a broader cluster of schools
- Are willing to engage in classroom level research activity that explores inclusive practice
- Agree to have an annual Inclusion Quality Mark visit to ratify or validate the progress and develop an annual plan for development.
- Agree to contribute an annual written update of progress against the ten elements as the basis for the annual review.
- Are prepared to contribute to the overall development aims of Inclusion Quality Mark, supporting the need for expertise or trialling practice
An assessor came to visit the school in July 2016 and their report concluded that:
- In recognition of their outstanding work, embedding and promoting Inclusive practice, St. Giles School has been awarded Centre of Excellence status
- The school has set out a very clear School Development Plan which included all the identified areas of development from the initial IQM assessment back in July 2015
- The Headteacher; appointed in September 2015, whose dynamic approach, has energised the whole school in terms of both teaching and learning, self-evaluation and moderation
- The newly constructed school website is both user friendly and informative
- The school works incredibly hard in engaging all stakeholders and has embedded some innovative approaches to involve parents and students in the day to day activities of the school plus extracurricular and long term planning issues
- The school motto: “Inspire and achieve through creativity!” is, in practice, supported and promoted through the school’s mission statement
Speakers School Council Award
Awarded in September 2016, the Speaker’s School Council Awards, is for those schools who have made effective use of their School Council to make decisions about a school project to be proud of. Our school unutilised pupil ‘voice’ to support the school leadership team in making decisions about outside learning spaces for all of our classrooms. In addition to this, they have worked with our PTA to help support fundraising ideas for an outside classroom to be built. The PTA have raised approx. £9,000 to fund the project and pupils at St. Giles have contributed to the design of the project, choosing materials, colours, shapes and sizes. This work also underpins some of the schools work on British Vaules, particularly in relation to democracy. Our outside classroom is provisional planned to be built in the spring/summer of 2017.
Sports Mark - Bronze award
Achieved in July 2016, The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of sports competition across their school and into the community.
As a bronze school we achieved the following criteria:
- A system is in place to track young people’s participation in School Games
- Opportunities that attract less active young people to participate in physical activity
- Held a School Games Day as the culmination of a year-round competition programme
- A calendar of competition is in place that demonstrates opportunities for young people with SEND to take part in competitions;
- A notice board is in school which promotes School Games activity
- Plans are in place to provide all pupils with two hours of physical education and school sport per week inclusive of extra curriculum provision;
- We engage at least 20% of pupils (5% for special schools due to the size of the school) in extracurricular sporting activity every week
- Use the School Games formats to provide the opportunity for both boys and girls to take part in the appropriate level of competition
- Engage at least 5% of pupils in leading, managing and officiating School Games activity
Makaton Friendly Award
Achieved in June 2016, The Makaton Friendly Award recognises local organisations, businesses and educational establishments that strive to make their services accessible to children and adults who use Makaton. We are passionate about communication and firmly believe that all pupils and adults with a learning or communication difficulty should be able to access the same services and facilities as everyone else.
Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE’s)
The Department for Education accredits experienced middle or senior leader who have the knowledge skills and experience to support middle and senior leaders in other schools. These are known as Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE’s). SLE’s are overseen by the work of a Teaching School and St. Giles School is part of a strategic partnership with Derby Early Years Teaching School Alliance, led by Harrington Nursery School.
Teaching Schools and system leaders support the Department for Education’s goal to provide educational excellence everywhere so that every child and young person can access high-quality provision, achieving to the best of their ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background.
In July 2016, the DfE designated two members of St. Giles leadership team to the role of an SLE:
- Rob Sherwood (Assistant Headteacher) - Specialises in supporting the work of other schools in relation to SEND, Math’s, Assessment and Pupil Premium
- Kim Smith (Lead Teacher) - Specialises in supporting the work of other schools in relation to SEND, Communication and Early Years (EYFS).