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What is Tools for Schools? How can the Inclusion Framework and OAIP support my setting?

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Tools developed as part of the SEND & Inclusion Strategy

As part of the work of the SEND & Inclusion Strategy, we said we would provide tools, training and support for schools and settings to further develop inclusive practice and to enable constructive discussions with the child and family.

Tools for Schools, the Inclusion Framework and the Ordinarily Available Inclusive Practice guide (OAIP) were co-produced with a wide range of stakeholders in 2019- 2020. These included schools, early years, post 16 education providers, parent carers and other education, health and social care colleagues.

The three resources were then piloted by schools and settings throughout the 2020 – 2021 academic year and were updated for countywide use from September 2021. The downloadable powerpoint highlights the findings from the pilot.

Inclusion Framework – a whole school self-evaluation tool

The aim of our West Sussex Inclusion Framework is to facilitate useful and constructive discussions to highlight good practice and inform whole school and setting development. The Inclusion Framework is designed to be used flexibly, in a way that is relevant to a school or setting and will best support its development journey. The framework is also aligned to the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework and we hope it will prove a powerful tool to support colleagues at any stage in their inspection cycle.

Ordinarily Available Inclusive Practice – a mainstream guide

The aim of the Ordinarily Available Inclusive Practice (OAIP) guide is to help every member of staff in mainstream education settings understand the types of everyday support and adaptations that can be made as part of normal teaching practice. The term ‘ordinarily available’ originates from the SEND Code of Practice and refers to the support that mainstream schools or settings should be able to ‘ordinarily’ provide through their agreed funding and resource arrangements.

Tools for Schools website

‘Tools for schools’ is a website that has been developed to provide schools and education settings with easier access to reliable and useful information to support those with additional needs. The website concept originated from schools and settings and the site has been developed in partnership with The Local Offer.

If you would like further information on any of these resources please email [email protected]

Information Sessions

This information session was recorded during September 2020 to share information about Tools for schools, the Inclusion Framework and the Ordinarily Available Inclusive Practice (OAIP) guide. If you require subtitles please watch the information session video stored on Facebook video.

Information Session for Early Years Ordinarily Available Practice Guide

During January 2021 several information sessions were delivered to explain the OAIP annex for early years.

Below is a recording for one of these sessions.

The following task and finish group schools and settings have developed these resources for their colleagues.

With thanks to the following task and finish group schools and settings who have co-developed these resources for their colleagues

  • Arunside Primary
  • Ashington Primary
  • Bersted Green Primary
  • Billingshurst Primary
  • Bishop Luffa
  • Bosham Primary
  • Camelsdale Primary
  • Downlands Community School
  • Durrington High School
  • Herons Dale
  • Imberhorne School
  • Lancastrian Infants
  • Littlehampton Academy
  • Midhurst Primary
  • Sheddingdean Primary
  • Southwater Junior Academy
  • St Margaret’s Primary
  • St Philip Howard
  • West Sussex Alternative Provision College
  • Wisborough Green Primary
  • Woodlands Meed