SENCo contact details:
Mr Burchett (Inclusion Manager)
SEND Governor: Mrs Chrissy Hornby
At St Margaret’s C of E Junior School, we strive to ensure that all children progress and achieve to the very best of their abilities. Our expectations are high; our aim is for our children to leave us fully equipped for the next stage of their education, confident, happy and successful. We firmly believe that this starts with Quality First teaching; this aims to ensure that every child is a happy, independent learner who aims high and achieves well. However, sometimes children will need a little additional support. Some will require that support for just a short time whilst others will need more long term intervention. This is where our SEND and Pastoral Team may be involved. The SEND Information report that is attached below will give you all the details of how we will support your child at our school.
SEND Policy 2020/21
The Code of Practice:
Government and Local Authority Publications
Medway's SEND support guidance
Some children have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn. For example:
- social, emotional and mental health - ADHD, anxiety etc.
- cognitive & learning - dyslexia, dyscalculia etc.
- communication and interaction - ASD, social communication difficulties etc
- sensory or physical needs or impairments - dyspraxia, hypermobility, sensory processing difficulties etc.
Helpful glossaryof SEND terms:
Attendance Advisory Practitioner
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Behaviour Improvement Plan
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Child In Need
Code of Practice
Cognition and Learning
Communication and Interaction
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
Early Help Assessment
Early Years Foundation Stage
Education, Health and Care Plan
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
English as an Additional Language
Free School Meals
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
In School Review
Looked After Children
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Oppositional Defiance Disorder
Profound and Multiple Learning Disability
Pupil Premium Grant
School Based Support Plan
School Support Group
SEND Support Agreement
Sensory and/or Physical Needs
Sensory Processing Disorder
Severe Learning Difficulty
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
Specific Learning Difficulty
Speech and Language Therapy
Team Around the Family
Who to talk to if your child has special educational needs:
If we identify your child as having special educational needs, following the correct procedure for accurately identifying a need, we will contact you to discuss our concerns. Initially this contact may be made by your child’s class teacher but you will be introduced to our Inclusion Manager (Mr Burchett) who will discuss our concerns in greater detail. We will endeavour to work in partnership with you and your child on the planning and reviewing of effective and impactful additional support in order for them to progress to their full potential.
If you believe your child may have special educational needs please arrange a meeting with your child’s class teacher at the first instance or you are welcome to contact Mr Burchett; Inclusion Manager (see contact details above).
There are external support services available for parents/carers of children with SEND. The contact details for these services are set out below:
- Children and Family Hubs in Medway – website: https://www.medway.gov.uk/info/200170/children_and_families/323/choosing_childcare/4
- Medway Autism Group and Information Centre (MAGIC) – phone: 01634 570706, website: http://medway-magic.org/
- Medway SEND Information, Advice and Support Service – phone: 01634 566303 website: https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/send/medway-sendias/
- School health service – website: https://www.medwaycommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z-services/child-health-service
- St. Augustine’s Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with ADHD – phone: 01634 851312, website: https://staspsg.wixsite.com/adhd/upcoming-meetings
- The Challenging Behaviour Foundation – phone: 0300 666 0126, website: http://www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk/
- Young Minds – parents/carers helpline – phone: 0808 802 5544, website:
If you have a complaint about any issues concerning SEND then in the first instance please contact Mrs West (SENCo). If you need further support in the matter then you may wish to contact Mrs Pattenden (Headteacher). For further advice you may wish to read our MAST Complaints Policy which can be found in the Polices section on our website if you need additional support.
Parent Information afternoons and evenings - PowerPoints
Dyslexia or dyslexic traits
The offers advice to parents in helping their child at home whether it be for homework, handwriting, spelling etc.
This may be a site that offers parents some help:
Children with ADHD
Hints and tips:
Speech and/or Language difficulties
There are many strategies which can be put in place at home. The following site may be useful: http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/
Support can be carried out discretely using many activities which any child would enjoy: http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources/resources.aspx
Social Communication difficulties
How to write a social story
Social stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why:
Eye Exercises for Better Visual Health
These activities are offered as a fun way to help sharpen "learning-related" visual skills that are critical for success in school. If a child has deficits in visual information processing, these simple exercises alone are not sufficient to correct a problem. Please do not confuse these exercises with vision therapy.
Sensory Processing difficulties - https://childmind.org/article/sensory-processing-issues-explained/
Cognitive Quick Tips: Visual Memory at home and in the classroom
We need visual memory skills for basic tasks such as recognising letters (differences between b, p, and d, for instance), reading, spelling, maths and the list goes on.