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Posted 11:42AM on Wednesday 22 April 2015

Moat Primary School in Lisnaskea is the latest recipient of our “What About Me?” Welcome Award after its staff went the extra mile to meet its pupils’ extra needs.

The school was nominated by a family supported by our Lakeland Family Support Service. During the five years that their eldest son attended the school, and the year that their youngest son was there, the staff went to the effort to learn Makaton sign language to enable better communication.

The school created a sensory room for the boys and a new outside play area was built with special consideration given to their needs. It also set aside a room so that the boys could have speech and language therapy at school, rather than having to attend clinic appointments.

The rooms are still being used by other pupils with extra learning needs and our Lakeland Family Support Service continues to use the sensory room on Monday afternoons.

Our Chief Executive, Agnes Lunny, said: “We commend Moat Primary School for the extra effort it has made in accommodating these children’s needs. Having every member of staff learn Makaton is not something we would expect every school to do, but it’s an indication of Moat Primary School’s determination to be truly inclusive.”

Moat Primary School Principal, Felicity Humphreys said: “This has come as a lovely surprise. We are delighted to receive the “What About Me?” Welcome Award from Positive Futures. The school’s ethos is ‘caring, learning and achieving’ and it is wonderful that the ‘caring’ aspect of this has been recognised in this way. The school has a very welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone matters and where everyone learns together. We do our utmost to help children surmount any barriers they may have to their learning.”