Special Educational Needs (SEN)


Special Educational Needs Information.

Every child at Palmarsh School is an important and valued member of the school community.  Class teachers take responsibility for the progress and well-being of all children within their class, meeting Kent Mainstream Core Standards of teaching and learning. However, during their time at Palmarsh, some children may experience periods when extra support is required to help them to feel secure and make good progress. This support should meet these Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND), so they can achieve their targets.  Early identification of needs is important, so the school works with parents and external professionals to ensure the most appropriate support is available for all children. If parents have any concerns about their child’s progress and well-being, they can discuss them initially with their child’s class teacher, then with the school’s Special Needs Co-ordinator, (SENCo), Mrs V Barlow. We wish to work in partnership with you to ensure that your child’s needs are being met.

This school is committed to inclusion, striving to meet the needs of all pupils within his/her classroom environment, as far as possible. This is overseen the SENCo, in accordance with The Code of Practice 2014.

*** Link to SEND Review February 2016 ***

Please click here for the following information:

The new Code of Practice 2014 encompasses the following changes:

• The Code of Practice (2014) covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to disabled children and young people as well as those with SEND.

• There is a clearer focus on the participation of children and young people and parents in decision-making at individual and strategic levels, with a stronger focus on high aspirations and on improving outcomes for children. This includes the early identification of SEND, and a graduated approach to planning appropriate support for children.

• It gives details of the LEA Local Offer of support for children and young people with SEN or disabilities, as well as the joint planning and commissioning of services to ensure close co-operation between education, health and social care

• For children and young people with more complex needs a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) replace statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs)

What is the Local Offer?

The Local Offer gives details of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEND and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEND as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.

Parents can find this information on the following website by following this link

What will it do?

The Kent framework will allow the Local Offer to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings.

Response to the Local Offer (Palmarsh Information Report)

1. The kinds of special educational need for which provision is made at the school

2. Information about the policy for identification and assessment of pupils with SEND

3. Information about the school’s policies for making provision for pupils with special educational needs whether or not they have EHC Plans, including:

4. The name and contact details of the SEN Co-ordinator

5. Information about the expertise and training of staff in relation to children and young people with special educational needs and how specialist expertise will be secured.

6. The arrangements for consulting parents of children with special educational needs about, and involving them in, their education

7. The arrangements for consulting young people with special educational needs about, and involving them in, their education.

8. The arrangements made by the governing body relating to the treatment of complaints from parents of pupils with special educational needs concerning the provision made at the school

9. How the governing body involves other bodies, including health and social services bodies, local authority support services and voluntary organisations, in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and in supporting the families of such pupils.

10. The contact details of support services for the parents of pupils with special educational needs, including those for arrangements made in accordance with clause 32 (Parent Partnership Services)

11. The school’s arrangements for supporting pupils with special educational needs in transferring between phases of education or in preparing for adulthood and independent living.

12. Information on where the local authority’s local offer is published.