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Rainbow Fish Inclusion Centre

Rainbow Fish Inclusion Centre

Thinking Schools Academy Trust announced the Rainbow Fish Inclusion Centre open on Friday, October 15. When full, Rainbow Fish Centre will have 2 classes, Starfish and Octopus.

This space will provide state-of-the-art facilities for children with complex cognition and learning difficulties aged between four and nine, who have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) across the city.

Located at Penhale Infant School, which is part of Thinking Schools Academy Trust, the Rainbow Fish Inclusion Centre has been designed to include an innovative sensory and soft-play room to help develop and engage students’ senses as well as offer a safe space and calming environment within school.

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 The Inclusion Centre is a resourced provision for children who have an EHCP or are currently undergoing assessment, who are awarded placement by the Inclusion Support Panel (ISP) which is run by Portsmouth City Council’s SEN Team. The children will work towards being able to integrate into mainstream for some learning, with a high level of support to meet their specific needs from the provision staff.

Our curriculum centres on each child of Rainbow Fish class as an individual, looking at their starting points and next steps. We follow the EYFS and National Curriculum, however, this is highly tailored to the needs of the children. We work closely with the mainstream part of Penhale to ensure that there are meaningful opportunities for children to integrate and learn in their link classes where appropriate.

To ensure that our curriculum is child-centred, we work with a range of other professionals such as Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists to ensure that each child’s holistic needs are being met as part of our curriculum.

Our topics are closely linked to the mainstream part of the school to support integration. However, these topics are a vehicle to the individualised learning for those children within the Inclusion Centre as their learning will be highly personalised to their individual level.

If you would like more information about our new unit or would like a tour please call Penhale Infants School on 0333 360 2185