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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Holywell Primary Schools is committed to meeting the needs of all pupils including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). There is a shared expectation that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, should be offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community.


The School Offer


Holywell Primary School is an inclusive school in Kent and so are directed to inform parents of the Local Authority Local Offer.




Who should I contact to discuss the concerns or needs of my child?


Class teacher


He/she is responsible for:

  • Adapting and refining the curriculum to respond to strengths and needs of all pupils
  • Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivery of any additional support
  • Contributing to devising personalised learning plans to prioritise and focus  on the next steps required for your child to improve learning
  • Applying the school’s SEN policy

If you have concerns about your child you should speak to your child’s class teacher.  You may then be directed to the SENCO.

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

Miss Taylor


She is responsible for:

  • Coordinating provision for children with SEN and developing the school’s SEN policy
  • Ensuring that parents are
    • Involved in supporting their child’s learning and access
    • Kept informed about the range and level of support offered to their child
    • Included in reviewing how their child is doing
    • Consulted about planning successful movement (transition) to a new class or school
    • Liaising with a range of agencies outside of school who can offer advice and support to help pupils overcome any difficulties
    • Providing specialist advice and facilitating training to ensure that all staff are skilled and confident about meeting a range of needs

Family Liaison Officer (FLO)

Mrs Shellard


She is responsible for:

  • The attendance of children at school
  • Liaising with parents to ensure continued good attendance of children and problems that may occur to reduce this
  • Pastoral support of pupils

Head Teacher

 Mr Callaghan


He is responsible for:

  • The day to day management of all aspects of the school, including the provision made for pupils with SEN

SEN Governor

Mrs Mendoza


She is responsible for:

  • Supporting school to evaluate and develop quality and impact of provision for pupils with SEN across the school




How can I find out about how well my child is doing?


Ongoing monitoring takes place by class teachers to identify pupils who are not making progress or who have behaviour needs which are affecting their ability to engage in learning activities.


After discussions with key staff and parents, additional support will be put into place to provide enhanced resources and targeted small group and / or individual support to help overcome any difficulties.


This additional support is documented in a class provision map/group education plan/ Pastoral Support Plan. In consultation with the SENCO (and parents where appropriate), short term targets are agreed which prioritise key areas of learning or behaviour to address and by which progress can be measured. Where external agencies are involved, their advice and recommendations are included in these support programmes. Actions agreed take into account each pupil’s strengths as well as their difficulties.


In some cases teaching assistant support may be allocated. This support is deployed to ensure your child can engage in lessons and wider school activities and to facilitate independent learning to support transition to adulthood.


Formal review meetings are held at least 3 times a year. Parents, relevant external agencies and when appropriate, pupils are invited to these reviews. The impact of support offered is considered along with the progress towards targets set. Support arrangements will be updated and revised accordingly. If not involved already, this might include referral to external agencies. The outcomes of these meetings will be formally recorded. For some children these reviews will take place as part of parent consultation meetings 2 times a year.


If your child is continuing to have significant difficulties, further external expertise may be requested. Additional funding may be available dependent on the provision required. Further details about this process will be explained in the LA Local Offer.




For some pupils additional arrangements and adjustments can be made to enable them to fully access a range of tests. This might include additional time, rest breaks or the use of a scribe or word processor. If parents require information regarding access arrangements the SENCO will be able to inform you about eligibility and applications.


CURRICULUM AND TEACHING METHODS (including groupings and interventions)


How will teaching be adapted to meet the needs of my child?


Teachers are well skilled at adapting teaching to meet the diverse range of needs in each class. Daily planning takes into account individual pupil’s needs and requirements. Differentiation is approached in a range of ways to support access and ensure that all pupils can experience success and challenge in their learning.

Grouping arrangements are organised flexibly with opportunities for both ability and mixed setting to maximise learning opportunities for all.


Additional adults are used flexibly to help groups and individual pupils with a long term goal of developing independent learning skills. Monitoring takes place to avoid pupils becoming over reliant and dependent on this adult support.




Access to learning and the curriculum

  • Access to  learning support staff
  • Support staff are timetabled to provide intervention for individual children and groups
  • Support staff work alongside the teachers in the classroom to provide additional support for pupils who need it.


Strategies/programmes to support speech and language

  • Teachers use a range of strategies in the classroom to support pupils in the classroom such as simplifying instructions, repetition and visual supports
  • Additional interventions are provided by trained speech and language teaching assistants.


Strategies/support to develop independent learning

  • Teachers plan to allow for the development of independent learning of pupils. 


Pastoral Support

Strategies to support the development of pupils’ social skills and enhance self-esteem

  • 1:1 sessions with learning mentors for self-esteem, bereavement and emotional needs
  • Learning mentor group sessions for social skills


Planning, assessment, evaluation and next steps

  • Provision maps
  • Pastoral support plans
  • TAF meetings
  • Meetings with parents
  • Learning mentor meetings with behaviour manager to evaluate impact of intervention and plan next steps


Sensory/Physiotherapy needs

Access to strategies/programmes to support occupational /physiotherapy needs

  • Fizzy
  • Clever Fingers
  • Specific programmes for individual children planned by OT or physiotherapist
  • Sensory Circuits




What support from outside does the school use to support my child?

The school works with a number of external agencies to seek advice and support to ensure that the needs of all children are fully understood and met. These include:


Access to Medical Interventions

  • School nurse supports and trains staff to provide medical interventions


Liaison/Communication with Professionals/Parents, attendance at meetings and preparation of reports

  • TAF meetings
  • Information provided for outside agencies at their request
  • LIFT meetings
  • Meetings with parents by Inclusion Manager and FLO as required


Agency Description of Support

Specialist teaching services

  • Behaviour
  • Cognition
  • Communication and interaction
  • Hearing impaired
  • Visually impaired
  • Specialist teachers work with the school to plan a provision for pupils with SEND.  This is accessed through the LIFT process. 
  • Where appropriate, specialist teachers observe and assess pupils

Educational Psychology Service

Our attached Educational Psychologist is Anna Lewis

  • Educational psychologists work with staff at a strategic level
  • Educational psychologists provide training for staff
  • Educational psychologists carry out assessments as appropriate
Speech and Language Therapy School may refer as required and implement recommendations following specialist assessment
School Nurse
Paediatric Services
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
Virtual school Kent This oversees and monitors provision for children who are in the care of the Local Authority




How will the school help my child move to a new class / year group or to a different school?

Children and young people with SEN can become particularly anxious about “moving on” so we seek to support successful transition


When moving to another school:

We will contact the School SENCO and share information about special arrangements and support that has been made to help your child achieve their learning goals

We will ensure that all records are passed on as soon as possible


When moving classes in school:

An information sharing meeting will take place with the new teacher

Opportunities to visit the new class / teacher


In year 6-7 transition

Our SENCo will make arrangements to discuss specific need of your child and the nature and level of support which has had the most impact.

On some cases additional multi-agency meetings may be arranged to create a more detailed “transition” plan which may include more visits to the new school and/or additional visits from the new school.




How skilled are staff in meeting the needs of my child?

An ongoing programme of training is in place to ensure that teachers and support staff have appropriate skills and knowledge in areas that will improve their teaching and support of children with SEN.


Our SENCO actively engages with local opportunities to share best practice and keep abreast of current local and national initiatives and policy to support pupils with SEN.


We also have staff with specialised expertise and qualifications in school including:

  • Restorative Approaches
  • Speech and Language
  • Dyslexia
  • Autism
  • Sensory circuits


FURTHER INFORMATION about support and services for pupils and their families can be found in:

The Local Authority Local Offer and The DfE Code of Practice