Special Educational Needs
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, ADHD and other 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
Social, Emotional 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
The Senco's at Kemsing Primary School are Rachael Sharrad & Moira Wilson
With the formation of the Darent Federation, I am currently working across both schools as Interim-Special Educational Needs Coordinator, having been SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) at Sundridge & Brasted since Easter 2017. I have worked in both mainstream and special schools and have held a wide range of positions. In order to ensure that our inclusive teaching and learning continues to thrive, Mrs Moira Wilson and Mrs Donna Hill have joined me in the Inclusion team. Together, we work closely with all staff at the school, parents and outside agencies to ensure that our children have the support and understanding that they need in order to thrive both academically and emotionally.
September 2022 sparked a very exciting change in my career, seeing me join the Darent Federation Inclusion Team. Having worked at Kemsing for 11 years, firstly as a TA and, most recently, as a class teacher. I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to explore the area of education I have always been most passionate about - ensuring all-round accessibility and inclusivity, in class, on the playground; academically, physically and emotionally. Applying the skills I have gained from my experience in the classroom, alongside my initial role as an MOD scientist, I hope this will serve as a good foundation for ensuring the support we provide is carefully considered, and firmly rooted in research. I'm ready to jump straight in and look forward to seeing the amazing work we can achieve together, as a school community!
Senco contact details are as follows:
Kemsing Primary School
T: 01732 761236
Please open the document below for Frequently Asked Questions advice.
Details of the KCC Local Offer can be accessed by clicking here.
SEND Guide for parents and Carers can be accessed by clicking here.
SEND Mainstream Core Standards can be accessed by clicking here
SEND Mainstream Core Standards Guide for Parents can be accessed by clicking here
KCC SEND Strategy can be accessed by clicking here
Information, Advice and Support Kent (IASK) can be accessed by clicking here
We are BEAMS can be accessed by clicking here