EDENDORKPS

The Board of Governors and staff of Edendork Primary school wish to ensure that pupils with medication needs receive appropriate care and support at school.

It is a statutory requirement for all schools in Northern Ireland to have a drugs policy and deliver drugs education to include legal and illegal substances (the Education Curriculum Order NI 2007). Schools are also required to inform PSNI if they believe or suspect a pupil to be in possession of a controlled substance (Criminal Law Act NI 1967). In keeping with requirements, Edendork P.S. will publish relevant sections of this policy in our school prospectus. A copy of this full policy may also be available at request from the school office or alternatively downloaded from the school website: http://www.edendorkps.com. In today’s society many young people are exposed to glamorous and unrealistic messages in relation to drugs and their effects. Combined with ineffective government policies, this often leads to misuse and abuse by impressionable and vulnerable young people. Whilst we recognise that parents are the primary educators of their children, we realise that Edendork Primary School is well placed in the community to provide strong support and care in the area of substance misuse. As such, we encourage all pupils to develop personal and social skills that will enable them to make informed decisions regarding substance misuse. We recognise that an asserted approach for supporting young people in substance education is to create an ethos within the school which promotes individual empowerment and values, such as tolerance, openness, honesty, respect and caring for one’s self and others. The purpose of this policy is to clarify Edendork Primary School’s approach to drug education and to communicate it to staff, pupils and parents.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) covers a wide range of resources including web-based and mobile learning. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using, both inside and outside of the classroom, include: • Websites • Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments • Email and Instant Messaging • Chat Rooms and Social Networking • Blogs and Wikis • Podcasting • Video Broadcasting • Music Downloading • Gaming • Mobile/Smart phones with text, video and/or web functionality • Other mobile devices with web functionality Whilst these ICT resources can be exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, all users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of Internet technologies. In Edendork Primary School we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils in e-Safety issues. We aim to teach pupils appropriate behaviours and critical thinking to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.

In Edendork Primary School the term “Mathematics “is synonymous with the term Numeracy throughout our school. “Numeracy is the ability to apply appropriate mathematical skills and knowledge in familiar and unfamiliar contexts and in a range of settings throughout life, including the workplace. It involves the development of:: • An understanding of key mathematical concepts and their interconnectedness; • Appropriate reasoning and problem solving skills; • The proficient and appropriate use of methods and procedures(formal and informal, mental and written); and • Active participation in the exploration of mathematical ideas and models.” (Count Read: Succeed 2010) GUIDANCE MATERIALS USED Whilst this Policy document is the result of extended discussion amongst all staff, with a lead role taken by our Numeracy Development Team, due consideration was given to externally produced guidance materials, specifically: • Every School a Good School- a policy for school improvement ( DE 2009 ) • Better Numeracy in Primary Schools (E.T.I. 2010) • Count Read: Succeed – A strategy to improve outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy. 2010 These helped define an agreed framework within which our Numeracy Policy was developed.

DEFINITIONS of SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN) and DISABILITY Definition of SEN “Special Educational Need” is defined as “a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made” A child has a learning difficulty if he/she has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of his/her age and/or has a disability which either prevents or hinders him/her from making use of educational facilities generally provided for children of his/her age in ordinary schools (Code Of practices Par. 1.4) Definition of Disability “Someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.” (Part 1 of Disability Discrimination Act 1995)

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