Sarah Swatridge is currently SENCO at the Colleton Primary School. She has written widely, both for children and teachers.
The Colleton Primary School is working hard at becoming a more 'citizenship' aware school. The school is devising a range of ways in which the pupils can become more involved in taking responsibility for themselves and for their school. In this way they are seeking to model a democracy.
Colleton Primary is trying to work out in practice the core values of the school. These include valuing each individual child and encouraging teamwork, co-operation, individual responsibility and independence. The teaching staff frequently question what is in the best interests of the child. They endeavour to create a safe and stimulating atmosphere in which children can learn together and participate in the life of their school. Team teaching and vertical teaching groups are sometimes used as creative alternatives to the norm.