Additional Education Needs
All pupils with an identified additional educational need are supported within the school.
The school has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo), Mrs King, who plans additional intervention programmes in cooperation with the class teachers. Advice from specialist teaching and learning services(STLS), specialists in the School Health Service and the School Psychological Service is readily available on application through the school.
Where necessary, Teachers and Teaching Assistants attend courses to help strengthen their existing skills in helping our children with additional needs.
The School supports the LEA approach to inclusion and operates a successful inclusion programme with local Units and Special schools.
The Additional Education Needs Policy equally appreciates the needs of the more able children at the school.
What Selsted can offer you and your child with SEND:
At Selsted, we embrace the fact that every child is different, and, therefore, the educational needs of every child is different; this is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs. We are committed to ensuring that all children have access to learning opportunities, and for those at the risk of not learning, we will intervene and support both the child and their family. This being through high quality inclusive teaching and learning opportunities and also including differentiated lessons, adult support, resources available, interventions and outside agency support. More information on the types of support available to schools and pupils with SEND can be found on https://www.kelsi.org.uk/
Pupils with Disabilities
Parents of children with physical or sensory impairment are asked to give the Head teacher details of the situation as soon as they are offered a place at the school. The Head teacher will arrange a meeting at a mutually convenient time to discuss the ways in which the child's impairment might hinder him/her from taking a full part in the life of the school and the ways in which such difficulties will be overcome.
The Head teacher will then make any arrangements necessary to enable the child to participate fully in all lessons and activities. These arrangements may include briefing staff, obtaining special equipment, making minor adaptations to the building, rearranging classroom furniture and/or employing support staff. These may take time to put into place and may require advice and assistance from the education office or specialist agencies, so parents are urged to see the Head teacher as soon as possible so that everything can be ready for the child's first day at school.
The school has an Accessibility Plan (Disability Equality Scheme) which is available on request.
More Able and Talented Provision
The school identifies pupils who are more able, talented or both (MAT). A register is kept and pupils identified are given appropriate provision to attain their full potential.
The Local Authority Offer:
Under the requirements of the Children’s and families Act, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEND) aged 0-25 years. This is the ‘local offer’.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area. The Kent Local Offer information is available at https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs. Please do not hesitate to ask in the school office should you have any further questions.
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