At Chiddingstone Church of England School we recognise that every child has individual needs. At some stage within their education some children may need additional support and encouragement within their learning or their social and emotional development. We aim to ensure that every child develops as a learner. We are fully committed to ensure that every child is given the support and the opportunity to achieve their potential.
Where a child may require additional support, we put in place extra support to enable the pupil to achieve their potential. We provide a range of interventions to assist with learning, language, social and emotional and sensory needs in addition to providing resources and strategies in class to support different learning needs and styles. The range of interventions offered to your child will be shared with you regularly.
Sometimes we may also carry out some individual diagnostic assessments in school to help us to identify the type of difficulty a child has so we can target provision effectively. The impact of interventions are measured and reviewed through Provision Mapping to ensure that they are helping the child to make progress.
On some occasions the amount of additional need and support may be more significant, leading us to determine that a child has special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Usually this will be supported by an agency referral, such as Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy or the Specialist Teaching and Learning Services. This enables us to ensure that a full identification of the child’s needs is taken place and that we are supporting them appropriately in overcoming barriers to learning. Some children with support from external agencies or with a diagnosis may not be considered to be SEND where this difficulty does not impact unduly on their learning and the support required in school is not significantly greater than that of their peers.
If a pupil is considered to have SEND, a Personal Plan will be created, with the support of the class teachers and Inclusion Leader, identifying outcomes and how we will work towards them. This plan is reviewed and evaluated regularly, together with parents, at least three times each year and provision changed where appropriate. Where the child’s needs are complex and severe it may be appropriate to apply for an Education, Health and Care Plan.
This enables outcomes and provision to be planned across a range of different agencies.
From a single intervention to an EHC plan, our intention is to ensure that barriers to a child’s learning are broken down and the pupil is able to make progress. At every point, parents will be involved in this process and parent views will be sought so that home and school work together in the best interests of the child. Parents of children with SEND will be invited to attend regular meetings and input into the set up and review of the Personal Plan.
If you have a concern about your child’s needs or current support, please contact:
Nicki Durrant (Inclusion Leader)
Tel: 01892 870339
For details of the Kent SEND Local Offer, please follow: https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs
For detailed guidance on the Mainstream Core Standards for Kent schools, please refer to the below abridged Guide for Parents and also the full copy:
Cognition & Learning
Understanding Dyslexia by the British Dyslexia Association
Kent West Dyslexia Association
Kent West Dyslexia Association information for Visual Stress
Top Tips for Parents. Advice on reading, writing, spelling and organisation:
Communication and Interaction
The National Autism Society
Kent Autism Trust
The Stammer Association
NHS Children’s Therapies: The Pod
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Kent Early Help and Prevention Services
NHS Children’s Therapies: The Pod
Kent Resilience Hub
Kent School Health Team