Education and learning

Lambeth nursery praised for its work with special needs pupils

A Lambeth nursery school has been named as one of the best in the country for educating children with special needs.

A report by Ofsted highly recommended Ethelred Nursery School and Children’s Centre as a ‘shining example of how things should be done’ and gave the school an ‘outstanding’ rating. The report was critical of other nursery and children’s centres across the country, and said that thousands of pupils are wrongly labelled as having special educational needs when all they need is better teaching and support.

But at Ethelred Nursery School and Children’s Centre, in Lollard Street, Kennington, the glowing report said:

“Excellent systems are in place to ensure inclusion as staff ensure all children, including those who have identified learning difficulties and/or disabilities, can actively participate in all activities.”

Inspectors visited 2228 nurseries, schools and colleges and carried out detailed case studies of 345 young people with disabilities and special educational needs. The report named nine schools across the country as ‘strong providers’ – including Ethelred Nursery School and Children’s Centre.

Headteacher, Glenda King, said:

“We are delighted to receive such recognition. This is due to the hard work of our dedicated staff team, who are totally committed to providing the best for our children. We work in close partnership with our parents and carers and receive excellent support from Lambeth Council’s Children and Young People Service to enable us to maintain high quality provision. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure we pick up on the children’s additional educational needs and strive to become even better in the future.”

Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Service, Councillor Pete Robbins, added:

“This is a testimony to the all the hard work of the teachers, children and families at the school and children’s centre who are leading the way nationally for supporting and identifying children with special needs. I have nothing but praise for the dedication that is so clearly evident and want to congratulate everyone at Ethelred for such a stunning Ofsted report.”



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