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St John's Catholic Primary School

SEN & Disability

As a school, we recognise our role in providing the most suitable support and setting high aspirations for our pupils.

Therefore, when progress is less than expected we ensure that Quality First Teaching (QFT) is our first response with a clear focus on the area of weakness.

When children are identified with SEND; their progress will be monitored, supported and outcomes will be reviewed throughout the academic year.  We continue to uphold our duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to our classroom environment and our approach to teaching and learning so that all children may fulfil their potential.

Staff members (both teaching and support staff) undergo regular training (CPD) to ensure they are fully equipped to understand and meet the needs of the pupils in our care. Individual training packages are also offered to specific members of staff, tailored to the needs of their assigned pupils. Thus we ensure we are doing our upmost so all children are accessing the curriculum and receiving an education appropriate to their needs.

A range of interventions are arranged and reviewed regularly to measure impact and this is monitored through our whole school programme, ‘Pupil Asset’. Interventions are delivered by highly trained members of staff and also supported by external agencies including SALT, STLS and EP.

We collaborate with the Local Authority and with reference to the Local Offer, seek additional funding (HNF) where necessary. This enables us to offer children with complex needs the most suitable provision.

Most importantly, we have a responsibility to inform and update parents on their children’s progress and the level of support they are receiving. We value our parents and pupils input and recognise that their involvement is an imperative aspect of the planning and reviewing process. For this reason, parents with children on the SEND register, meet with class teacher and/or SENCo a minimum of 3 times a year and will be contacted if there are any changes to the provision their child is receiving.  Parents are provided with a ‘Personalised Learning Plan’ individual to their child and this is reviewed and discussed at each meeting and where possible, the views of the child are included.

The school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Aisling Barker.  If you would like an appointment please contact via the school office on 01474 534546.

If you have a child with SEN and/or disabilities please access Kent’s Local Offer by following the link below.  Here you will find details of services available in Kent, for example, arrangements for identifying and assessing children, how disagreements are resolved and sources of support, advice and information.

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