Guidance & Policies
The following Policy summaries are given in accordance with The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010. Copies of the full policies and general information, including annual school achievement and attainment tables, published reports of recent school inspections, school open days etc, can be obtained by contacting Patricia Sharkey (Data Manager) on 01325 254000.
The Education Village provides a wide range of planned learning experiences for children from 2-19, with the full range of learning needs. The curriculum is jointly planned and managed across the three Village schools, in order to facilitate effective progression through the phases, with the individual needs of pupils regarded as paramount. The curriculum is inclusive and designed to promote the highest standards of attainment, the celebration of diversity, citizenship and lifelong learning. Innovation in teaching and curriculum design is valued.
The Education Village will ensure that parents/carers are acquainted with student potential and regularly informed about progress. We set aspirational targets for each pupil and we track expected progress closely. We will immediately alert parents where there is a dip in achievement and, with you, will plan appropriate intervention to get pupils back on track.
The policy also ensures that staff are allowed to develop and implement specific and appropriate assessment specific to their teaching and learning areas.
Effective communication is vital if we are to provide high quality education and improve life chances for all. The Education Village will use every available vehicle communicate with our pupils, staff, parents, partners and wider community in order to build trust and confidence in what the Education Village can offer and to encourage our partners to be involved and signed up to our vision.
Equality and Diversity Scheme
The Equality and Diversity Scheme for Darlington Education Village brings together schemes and action plans for Race, Gender and Disability equality, meeting the current statutory duties in these areas. However, it goes far beyond these strands to include sexual orientation, religion or belief, and every aspect which has the potential to discriminate against or to devalue any individuals within our community such as against those with special educational needs or potential language barriers. The unique nature of the Education Village as home to Darlington’s only special school provides a tremendous opportunity for all three schools to celebrate difference and achievement by all. We are further committed to the development of cohesive communities both within our physical boundaries and within our local, national and global environments.
More Able & Talented
We plan our teaching and learning so that each child can aspire to the highest level of personal achievement. We recognise and support the needs of those children in the Village who have been identified as ‘more able’ and/or ‘talented’ both within the classroom and beyond to ensure they reach their full potential.
The Education Village fully supports the Disability Discrimination Acts regarding the elimination of unlawful discrimination and harassment of disabled persons, the promotion of equality, the need to take account of disabilities, the promotion of positive attitudes towards disabled persons and the need to encourage participation by disabled persons.
Race Equality Policy
The Education Village is committed to protect and promote racial equality and good race relations within our community. We aim to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination. The school honours our responsibility under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.
Inclusion (Equality of Opportunity) and Special educational Needs Policy
The Education village is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality curriculum to all its pupils. All children, including those with identified SEN have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them. They also have an entitlement to be fully included in as many aspects of school life as appropriate.
The Education Village values all its children and will strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, promote equality and positive attitudes and develop a safe environment where all can flourish.
Looked After Policy
The Education Village aims to safeguard looked after children, promote their educational achievements and ensure that they are able to “achieve and reach their full potential” in accordance with the Children’s Act.
This plan describes the important role both the school and wider community can play in making The Education Village one of the best places in the world to grow up. (The Children’s Plan - December 2007).
It is our belief that The Education Village is ‘perfectly placed’ to meet the challenges set out in the Children’s Plan and our work with students, parents / carers and the wider community forms an essential part of our provision.
The collective worship that we deliver will recognise and value the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of our school.
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Our objective is to ensure that our students achieve to their full potential and the effective management of student behaviour is essential if good quality teaching and learning is to be embedded and The Education Village is to be a safe and orderly community.
The aims of The Education Village Attendance policy are to improve the overall percentage attendance of pupils at school, make attendance and punctuality a priority for all, provide support, advice and guidance for families and pupils, develop positive and consistent home / school communication, implement a system of rewards and sanctions, develop effective partnerships with other agencies, and identify the needs of individual pupils and their reintegration after absence.
Child Protection in The Education Village
Child Protection is taken very seriously at the Education Village. Whilst all our staff have responsibility for Child Protection we have named staff with specific responsibilities across The Village and our three schools.
Each school has named staff specifically responsible for Child Protection. If you have any concerns regarding the well being of a child please contact one of the named staff below.
Springfield Academy: Richard Gartland & Alison Sinclair
Haughton Academy: Anita Bell & Rachel Ireland
Beaumont Hill Academy (including The Stephenson Centre): John O'Neill & Jo Allen
Gurney Pease Academy: Sandra Battensby & Simon Heritage
Telephone: 01325 254000