The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Many children during their school life encounter difficulties either of a general nature or with one or more specific areas of the curriculum.  We aim to identify these children as early as we can and provide support to assist them in overcoming barriers to success.

Where there are difficulties or concerns, a child is included on our special needs register and given help at an appropriate level.  You will be asked to discuss these difficulties regularly with the child’s teacher, our special needs co-ordinator and/or with the Head of School. Sometimes you as a parent may feel your child is experiencing particular difficulties, if so, please let us know.

As of September 1st 2014 the new ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice:  0 to 25 years' for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities was introduced by the Government with statutory guidance for schools.  This came about because of changes made to the ‘Children and Families Act 2014’. A copy of the Code of Practice can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25

Part of the changes made include a requirement that all local Authorities produce a ‘Local Offer’, outlining what the Authority offer to support children with SEN. You can find this by going to https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs

The definition of ‘Special Educational Needs’ is set out in the new code of practice and is:-

 ‘A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age
  • 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 mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions’. (Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years, DfE 2014)

Many children during their school life encounter difficulties either of a general nature or with one or more specific areas of the curriculum. We aim to identify these children as early as we can and provide support to assist them in overcoming barriers to success. Where there are difficulties or concerns, our Special Needs Co-ordinators (SENCo) are there to help and support children, parents and teachers.   

What is the SENCo’s role?

We are lucky to have a SENCO for each Key Stage. Miss Aitken is our Early Years and KS1 SENCo and Miss Simmonds is the SENCo responsible for the children in KS2. It is our responsibility to work closely with class teachers to ensure that every child with SEN gets the support they need.

How do I do that?

Any child highlighted as making progress which is significantly different from age appropriate expectations, has additional provision planned for them. This is outlined on a class Provision Map. These interventions are carried out and usually last between 6-12 weeks. A review of the impact and next steps is discussed at Pupil Progress Meetings.

What happens next?

If your child has made rapid progress and reached age appropriate expectations, then they are removed from the Provision Map but monitored closely. If your child remains below age appropriate expectations then further interventions are considered.

What is the SEN Register?

Your child will be placed on a SEN Register if the provision is additional from, or different to, that normally available to pupils of the same age. With permission from parents, children needing further help from Outside Agencies will be referred to LIFT, (Local Inclusion Forum Team) where experts are on hand to offer advice, additional support and take on referrals. Children can move on and off the register and parents will be informed at each stage. Children who have an EHC (Education, Health Care Plan-formerly a Statement of Education) are automatically placed on the SEN Register.

How to contact us

If you have concerns about your child’s progress, behaviour or well-being, talk to their class teacher in the first instance. They may recommend a further meeting with one of us to discuss particular issues and to suggest ideas on how to move forward. If you have any questions about the provision available to your child please contact one of us via the school office to arrange an appointment. Tel: 01797 320 362 E-mail:  a.simmonds@villageacademy.co.uk

r.aitken@villageacademy.co.uk