Best Practice

Case study: Effective inclusion

Continuing our focus on Nasen’s Outstanding Schools, we hear from the staff of Swanwick Hall School, which has not excluded a child for four years, about their whole-school, inclusive approach to supporting learners.

Swanwick Hall Secondary is a large mainstream comprehensive situated in Alfreton, Derbyshire, with more than 1,275 students currently enrolled.

Its 2013 Ofsted report found good levels of attainment, with inspectors agreeing that, as a result of effective measures taken by school leaders, exclusions have reduced significantly over time to well below the national average, and difficult behaviour is extremely well managed.

The staff at Swanwick Hall work to implement a whole-school approach to promoting positive behaviour, which has led to a reduction in low-level disruption. They also work to ensure that appropriate additional provision is in place where necessary, along with a personalised approach for those students that need it. This, in turn, has helped students with more challenging behaviour to overcome their difficulties, stay in school, learn and achieve.

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