Teachers delighted that South Tyneside school's inclusivity work recognised with national prize
A South Tyneside school for pupils with special needs has been awarded a national prize for inclusivity, in recognition of the learning culture fostered at the centre.
Teachers at Keelman’s Way School in Hebburn were delighted by the news that the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) had recognised the school’s work through the award.
The IQM praised the school’s approachable staff, collaborative approach to learning and the purpose-built design of the educational centre itself.
Referring to staff’s views on the working culture at the school, IQM said: “They describe it as an amazing environment and a happy place where everyone pulls together.”
Keelman’s Way is one among a small handful of Tyneside schools to receive the award, which was set up in 2004.
Commenting on the award win, Toni Waugh, who teaches at the school, said: “It is with a tremendous amount of pride I would like to share the news of Keelman's Way School achieving the Inclusion Quality Mark.
"I have worked in a few different schools throughout my time in education and I have never come across a more dedicated staff team or happier pupils than here at Keelman's Way.
"Keelman's is delighted to receive this award and it's thanks to the entire team. Our pupils, staff, parents and governors who all work tirelessly to ensure that inclusion is at the heart of our school and something we actively promote.
"Being one of only 6 schools in North and South Tyneside to receive this really does highlight the work put in by all.”