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Inclusion Statement

At the ASCS Al Barsha we believe passionately in the importance of inclusion for all our children and adults, and we strive to make sure these values are at the heart of our inclusion practices and Islamic ethos. We are strongly committed to becoming a fully inclusive school, and we set high expectations and ambitions for all our children and expect them to participate in every part of school life - with a key focus on their wellbeing and progress.

ASCS Al Barsha, by promoting an inclusive ethos, aims to support children by removing barriers to their inclusion whether for individual or groups of children and respond to a spectrum of diverse needs by setting suitable challenges that are best placed to bring out the full potential from our children.

Every staff member shares the responsibility and ownership to remove barriers to learning for all students, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, special needs, attainment and background to reach their full potential.

We recognize the need to implement our ethos in the classroom and beyond to meet the needs of our children. We want them to be safe, achieve well, be healthy, enjoy life and grow up to be successful adults who will make a positive contribution to the society in which they live.

We firmly believe that all children have an entitlement to be educated alongside their peers as much as possible and very few exceptions are made. As an inclusive school we are committed to developing inclusive cultures, policies and practices. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual students, or groups of students by seeking the voices of all within the school community. We believe an effective school is an inclusive school.

Furthermore, at ASCS Al Barsha, we ensure an effective program is in place to identify students who are gifted and talented and make certain they are provided with an abundance of opportunities to further hone and develop their gifts and talents.

As outlined by the United Arab Emirates School Inspection Framework (2015- 2016):

Gifted - The term giftedness refers to ‘a student who is in possession of untrained and spontaneously-expressed exceptional natural ability in one or more domain of human ability.’ These domains will include intellectual, creative, social, physical abilities. In the case of a gifted student, whilst exceptional potential will be present, they may actually under achieve.

Talented – The term talented refers to ‘a student who has been able to transform their ‘giftedness’ into exceptional performance’. Talented students will always demonstrate exceptional levels of competence in the specific domains of human ability.

ELL

Additionally, we recognize and value the positive benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism. The term English Language Learners (ELL) refers to when a learner has been exposed to a language other than English during early childhood and continues to be exposed to this language in the home or in the community. Our student body is comprised of primarily ELL students, roughly 95 percent of the student body. The school has therefore established provisions for ELL students to ensure they can access the California Common Core curriculum, providing where appropriate, intervention for students to address barriers in learning.

Please find the admission policy for SEND students amongst the policies listed below which details the admission process for all students including pupils of determination.

Inclusive Education Policy

Inclusive Admission Policy

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