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INSPIRE Education Centre

INSPIRE Inclusion Centre aims to support pupils in a holistic way. Parents are key to the process and are invited to attend a meeting at INSPIRE before a pupil starts. Parents have the oppurtunity to see the classroom, share information, meet the staff and ask any questions they may have.

INSPIRE have six classes and offer Outreach support to schools.

Who to contact

01782 883777

Where to go

Turnhurst Road
Stoke on Trent
Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
4-11 years

Schools Extended Local Offer Response 

How does this setting know if their children/young person needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

INSPIRE identifies if children need extra help through our assessment process. This includes a referral form into the centre from the local authority or a school. On the referral we ask for reasons behind the referral, level of need and any other relevant information such as a CAF, IEP, IBP, EP report and reports from other services. We then conduct our initial assessment meeting with parents and the child. This meeting uses a variation of the pre-CAF form and helps identify any needs from the parent and child. We also complete the Boxall profile, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and Emotional Literacy Questionnaire. Through these assessments we are able to build a profile of each child that comes to us by gathering information from each person or service involved with the child. We continue to assess throughout a placement and will level a child academically as well as in other aspects of social and emotional development. If a child is in need of additional help that cannot be achieved through our service, then we refer to services and are involved in the CAF/Early Help/Social care process. We work in a multi-agency way to support children and their families.

How will the setting support my child/young person?

INSPIRE supports children of a primary school age. We have 2 Local Authority class’ called the Shining Stars and Plus. Children are referred to us via the Local Authority and we provide a nurturing, creative curriculum in a small class setting. We have 2 additional classes that can referred to directly by schools. Referrals for these classes are intense and short term to address the needs of the child and how best to integrate them back into school.

How will teaching approaches and the curriculum be matched to my child or young person's needs?

All of the INSPIRE classes follow Watermill School’s core curriculum. We then adapt this to each class’s needs based on academic ability and behaviour. The curriculum needs to be engaging and accessible to our young people.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?

We meet parents each week at our ‘a time for us’ family learning session. Parents engage in making or baking activities with their children and also have the opportunity to speak to staff about any queries or issues. We also meet with parents at the beginning and end of all of our placements and keep parents involved throughout the process. We telephone parents regularly and if required use a home school diary. For children attending our classes for a longer period of time we have appointments with parents to update them on progress in learning and social emotional development. We support parents with their child’s learning by offering homework, referring to other services and creating an approachable environment.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

INSPIRE has a multi-agency approach to supporting children and their families. We work with family workers to support in the home and refer to other services as a way of safeguarding children. When children are in our class we provide a safe space, accommodating individual needs. We try to support our children in having positive experiences of education and also take children on trips to help widen their experiences. We offer a parent group to support our holistic approach to improve life chances of the children that attend our centre.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?

Within INSPIRE staff are trained and have expertise in the following: (to name a few) -MAPA -Stop Think Do -Relationships without fear -Mentoring -Training on ASD, attachment -Social stories -Hidden sentence training -Solution focused INSPIRE buys into having a CAMHs disability Clinical Psychologist, who will observe children, give feedback, support and provide supervision. We refer into services that have expertise and also have access to an Educational Psychologist.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

The training includes: -being a champion for the early help intervention. -MAPA training. -Session with Brian Hepburn on SEN changes. -staff meeting training on the one page profile. -staff meeting training on any changes in SEN. -training listed above.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

Our plus class has a trip offsite each Friday. All children in class attend the trip, which has included orienteering, nature walks, the museum, swimming etc. Children can attend these trips providing they have proven that they can be safe during the week. This is done in a very visual way by using the daily target charts. If a child is consistently not attending a trip we will adapt a child’s timetable to give them the best possible opportunity to attend.

How accessible is the environment?

We are based at Watermill school, which accommodates children with learning and physical needs. The school environment was built with this in mind and is therefore very accessible.

How will the setting prepare and support my child/young person to join the next stage of education and life?

Children are in our setting for a limited amount of time as we are a place where children’s needs are assessed and then an appropriate long term setting is identified. When children are with us we aim to identify barriers to learning and create an environment where children engage in education. We very often focus on re-engagement and classroom etiquette in the first instance to allow children to have the tools to engage with their next setting. We aim for children to have the skills needed to engage in learning and also provide a package of support when a child moves on that focuses on holistic needs.

How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

INSPIRE has several classes. Some of these are funded by individual schools and others by the Local Authority. Resources in the way of staffing is allocated on a need basis. We have our set staff in each class, but can be reasonably flexible in adapting staff times to meet the needs of the children. If these needs cannot be within INSPIRE then we seek additional assistance to put the needed support in place. Again our holistic approach allows us to share resources with others and refer to other services that can meet additional needs.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

Our class normally has a ratio of 1 adult to 2/3 children. This means that children can receive the additional support they may need. If something more is needed, we will apply for statutory assessment or ask the referring school to do so. INSPIRE is very good at identifying need and allocating the available resource we have, to meet that need. Again if this is something we are not able to deliver then we will refer to other services.

How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?

We run the ‘a time for us’ parent group to support parents with children with behavioural difficulties. This group allows parents to meet and discuss successful strategies and share experiences. We also have the ‘a time for us’ family learning session. On a weekly basis we invite parents into INSPIRE to make or bake with their child. We model positive interactions and provide parents with ideas for activities to do at home. Parents are also involved in each aspect of the INSPIRE process by meetings, consultations and telephone conversations. We also accept volunteers.


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