15 Dec

Special Educational Needs at St. Ethelbert’s

All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their special educational need. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate. If you are concerned about your child in any way, feel that they need some additional help with their learning, or just have a general query please feel free to stop by and see me. I am in school Monday – Thursday and you can just grab me or speak to the office to make an appointment. Rebecca Borrough (SENCo)

A new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice was issued in September 2014.  This document outlines in great detail the requirements of schools in supporting all children, regardless of their need.  It also specifies what should be in place for children with special educational needs within our school family.

All of our special needs school documentation has been re-written and updated to reflect these changes.  We have taken great care to ensure that the information given is as accurate as possible by consulting with governors, parents and school staff. You can read our new SEN Policy here.  For a detailed look at SEN provision within the school you can read our separate SEN information Report here.

The Success of our Special Educational Needs Policy
Classes can vary between 0% SEN and nearly 25%. The effectiveness and success in the implementation of the special educational needs policy can be seen in the provision available in all classes and the impact that this has on children with additional needs.

This school is in the highest 20% of all schools in England for the number of SEN pupils.

Key Stage 1
Our latest published results show real success in KS1. In July 2014 the average point score for all children in England, in Mathematics, Reading and Writing, was 15.9. Our school average point score was 16.1.

Year 1 phonics achieved 77% when the national average is 69%

Key Stage 2
Success can also be seen in KS2 with children performing better than the national average in all subjects (Mathematics, Reading and Writing). In July 2014 the average point score for all children was 28.7. Our school average point score was 28.8.

There have been a great deal of changes in special needs provision since the new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice was published. It is a very exciting time and we look forward to sharing more success stories of the special needs policy!

Kent’s Local offer is all about making it easier for people to find out about services available to 0-25 year olds with special educational needs and disabilities. You can find out about:

  • arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • how to access services and how decisions are made
  • services to support young people prepare for adulthood and independence
  • arrangements for resolving disagreements, complaints, mediation and appealing to the SEN Tribunal
  • sources of support, advice and information

The ‘ethos’of the school is to support all forms of disability. We have had children with ‘movement’ disabilities and have checked on the well-being with both children, parents and specialist support. The governors are dedicated to being as inclusive as it is possible to be without creating a risk to health and safety. We have ‘Good to Be Different’ talks to pupils and have had a wheelchair bound volunteer reader for many years.

The school was built over 86 years ago and is not particularly wheelchair friendly due to stairs and different leveled areas.

Reduce pupils’ perception of bullying from 18% to 8%
Increase attendance in the free after school clubs by 10%
Increase parents attendance at school council by 25%

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