At St Mary’s we believe that children are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they achieve their best and become confident individuals living fulfilling lives.
Our children are all engaged in quality first teaching however sometimes pupils have difficulties which may affect their education in school and we use our best endeavours to identify and meet their special educational needs.
A child may have Special Educational Needs if they have difficulties with Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, Sensory and/or Physical needs. Equally we recognise that there are children who are gifted or talented who need additional provision to ensure they are appropriately challenged.
St Mary's is an inclusive school and we ensure that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities engage in the activities of the school alongside pupils who do not have SEN. However, some children may need additional support to increase their skills and knowledge. this may take the form of small group, paired or 1:1 interventions or specific programmes or adaptations in the learning environment. Adaptions and interventions are also used to support other pupils such as those with medical needs or English as an additional language.
Our Whole School Provision Plan (below) outlines support available across our school.
Staff will use internal monitoring and assessments to identify pupil's strengths and challenges, however at times, we may seek the advice of external specialists for additional advice.
POLICY & SEN INFORMATION REPORT
Please see our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy and our SEN Information Report (below) which outlines how SEN is managed in our school.
If you were to have any concerns about your child, our Additional Educational Needs Coordinator (AENCO) is Mrs Sarah Clark. She can be reached by phoning our office on 01227 272692 or alternatively her email is email@example.com. Sarah is part-time and works on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.
The aim of the SEND strategy is to improve the educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for all of Kent's children and young people with special educational needs and those who are disabled.
THE KENT COUNTY COUNCIL - SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES LOCAL OFFER
1. NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN) AND DISABILITIES
2. SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
This guide is for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 years who have special educational needs (SEN) or a disability and describes how the new system which supports children and young people with SEN or disabilities, and parents, is intended to work.