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Inclusion Policy

1 Introduction

1.1 At Primary PPA Cover Ltd we value the individuality of all of the children we teach. We are committed to giving all children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of children’s’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad range of activities and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter. This policy helps to ensure that Primary PPA Cover Ltd promotes the individuality of all our children, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background.

2 Aims and objectives

2.1 Primary PPA Cover Ltd aims to be an inclusive PPA Provider. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual children, or groups of children. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for children who attend our clubs. We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different groups of children who may be present during our lessons:

  • girls and boys;
  • minority ethnic and faith groups;
  • children who need support to learn English as an additional language;
  • children who do not speak Spanish or English;
  • children with special educational needs;
  • able, gifted and talented children;
  • children who are at risk of disaffection or exclusion;
  • travelers;
  • asylum seekers;

2.2 We offer a wide range of activities which meet the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. We meet these needs through:

  • setting suitable learning challenges;
  • responding to children’s diverse learning needs;
  • overcoming potential barriers to learning or participation of individuals and groups of children

2.3 We achieve educational inclusion by continually reviewing what we do, through asking ourselves these key questions:

  • Are all children happy during our lessons?
  • What are we doing for those children who we know are not achieving their best?
  • Are our actions effective?
  • Are we successful in promoting racial harmony and preparing children to live in a diverse society?

3 Teaching and learning style

3.1 We aim to give all children the opportunity to succeed and reach the highest level of personal achievement. When our specialists plan their lessons, they take into account that the abilities of the children may vary.

3.2 Our staff are familiar with the equal opportunities legislation covering race, gender and disability which is outlined in our equal opportunities policy.

3.4 Our staff ensure that all children:

  • Feel secure and know that their contributions are valued;
  • Appreciate and value the differences they see in others;
  • Take responsibility for their own actions;
  • Participate safely in clothing that is appropriate to their religious beliefs
  • Use materials that reflect a range of social and cultural backgrounds
  • Participate fully, regardless of disabilities or medical needs.

4. Children with disabilities or special educational needs

4.1 Some children present in our lessons have disabilities and/or special educational needs. We are committed to meeting the needs of these children, as we are to meeting the needs of all groups of children who attend. All reasonable steps are taken to ensure that these children are not placed at any kind of disadvantage compared to non-disabled children.

4.2 Staff modify teaching and learning expectations as appropriate for children with disabilities and/or additional needs. For example, they may give additional time to complete certain activities, or they may modify materials used in the session. In their planning, staff ensure that they give children with disabilities/additional needs the opportunity to develop their skills in all activities provided.

5 Inclusion and racism

5.1 The diversity of our society is addressed through our lessons. We welcome children from all social and ethnic backgrounds. Our teachers are flexible in their planning and offer appropriate challenges to all pupils, regardless of ethnic or social background. All racist incidents are recorded and reported to a senior member of staff (for more information regarding this please see our Equal Opportunities policy).

6 Summary

6.1 At Primary PPA Cover Ltd, we value each child as a unique individual. We will strive to meet the needs of all children who are present during our lessons and seek to ensure that we meet all statutory requirements related to matters of inclusion.

7 Monitoring and review

7.1 This policy is monitored by management and will be reviewed annually. Last reviewed 06/04/2020

Monday, July 06, 2020

2020 has seen unprecedented times that we, as a company, never thought we would find ourselves in. We would like to express our gratitude to our:

  • Amazing clients

Working in the public sector can be very challenging at times and we understand that for schools, it is difficult to appreciate the way that our business works. Thanks to the support of our schools and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, we managed to waive over £300,000 of invoices to schools. This left us in a very difficult situation as we still have our HQ premises mortgage, bills to cover and suppliers that unfortunately have had to charge us regardless of the situation. We have lost approximately 10 schools for 2020-2021 due to COVID-19 and the budget cuts their schools have faced. We are very hopeful that these schools will return to us once they are open in September and have received funding support from the government.

  • Wonderful staff

Given one days notice that all schools in the UK would close, our staff had to frantically cancel over 90 PPA sessions daily, indefinitely. Throughout the peak of the crisis, we have had to work night and day to ensure the decisions we were making were going to have a minimal impact on our regular services once schools resumed. Our staff have taken the time to organise their work, to write new lesson plans for children and new schemes of work and we couldn’t be more grateful of their support. This truly shows their passion for the education sector and above all their love for children and learning!

  • Suppliers

To those suppliers who have been flexible with us during these unprecedented times, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Tsunami Computers Leicester, Lex AutoLease, WaterPlus and many more have allowed us to pause or reduce our monthly payments whilst we have received no income. This has made the difference between us surviving and not surviving the crisis. 

Going forwards, we will be rebuilding our business back up to where we were and support from schools in outsourcing their PPA to us to help us rebuild is greatly appreciated. We understand PPA time is a legal requirement for all teachers and the majority of the subjects that we cover are compulsory so if you are struggling to cover PPA time, would like to explore a new method of covering a compulsory subject such as MFL or ICT, please allow us to provide your school with a FREE trial and show you why you should choose us and support our small business.

We would like to send our well wishes to all small businesses both who have survived the crisis and who unfortunately have closed their doors. If you have managed to survive like us, please dig deep and find that energy to push forwards once more to rebuild your business rather than give up. The UK needs small businesses and even more so now with unemployment on the rise. It will be worth it, we promise!