At Kemsing School we make provision for every kind of frequently occurring special educational need, for instance Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Speech and Language Needs, Physical Needs, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Learning Difficulties and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. There are other kinds of special educational need which do not occur as frequently and with which the school is less familiar, but we can access training and advice so that these needs can be met.
Nationally, Special Educational Needs are currently identified in four broad areas of need:
Cognition and Learning
Emotional, Social and Mental Health
Communication and Interaction
Sensory and Physical
The definition of SEN in the new Code of Practice is a child who has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child has a learning difficulty if he or she:
Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school.
Under the new Code of Practice:
- SEN Support replaces School Action and School Action Plus
- EHCPs (Educational Health and Care Plans) replace Statements of Educational Need
We monitor the progress of all pupils three times a year to review their academic progress. We also use a range of assessments with all the pupils at various points.
Where progress is not sufficient, even if special educational need has not been identified, we put in place extra support to enable the pupil to catch up. The child will then be put on our ‘High Priority Need’ register and their progress monitored.
Some pupils may still not make expected progress despite having extra support. For these pupils, and in consultation with parents, we will use a range assessment tools to determine the cause of the learning difficulty. We also have access to external advisors who are able to use their own specialist assessment tools.
At this point we may identify that the pupil has a special educational need and they will be added to our SEN register. An individual provision map and passport will be made detailing the extra support in consultation with parents and pupils.
Many of the pupil’s needs can be met, in the first instance, in the classroom through ‘Quality First Teaching’ the details of which can be found by opening the Provision Map document below.
Details of the KCC Local Offer can be accessed by clicking here.
SEND Guide for parents and Carers can be accessed by clicking here.
Special Educational Needs and Disability code can be accessed by clicking here
Children and Families Act can be accessed by clicking here