IQM Award Flagship School
Timbercroft Primary School holds the IQM Flagship Status for Inclusion. This award recognises Timbercroft as a unique school that demonstrates a strong commitment to outstanding levels of inclusive best practice as well as active leadership towards the development of inclusion across a network of schools.
Since we began our journey towards a Centre of Excellence and Flagship School for Inclusion we have developed our sensory room, sensory garden and sensory circuit room, that allow all our children to access a range of activities that enable their physical and emotional wellbeing. In fact, any space that we can use to improve the opportunities and life chances for our children we develop over time based on research, expertise from external agencies and what we know about our children as individuals.
We continue to close the SEND and English as an additional language data gap in the younger year groups with specific focus on communication & vocabulary development in all areas of the curriculum as an entitlement for every child. Where children have significant difficulties our curriculum has been adapted for them to access life skills and areas of learning that are significant to them. It’s not just about data - it’s about the children first and foremost and when you come to visit us you will see how inclusive and nurturing we are.
We work closely with CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service), senior leaders have attended Place2Be sessions which provide mental health training to support school leaders, teachers and other staff to develop mentally healthy schools and we have a Mental Health First Aider so we can support our staff understanding of potential mental health issues and ways to support our children and families.
There is a tangible dedication and commitment to inclusive practice from both
leadership and the wider staff at Timbercroft. Those met with throughout the day had a passion for supporting the children and families that the school serve and pride themselves on building effective, lasting relationships.
The children at Timbercroft are polite, friendly and confident which are some of the key
ambitions as stated on the school website.
There was a clear sense from the discussions with staff and pupil families that there is an embedded culture within the school of learning from one another and working together for the benefit of the individual child.
Equality Act 2010