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Palace Wood

Primary School

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Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Palace Wood School

We pride ourselves on welcoming all children to Palace Wood Primary School and we are aware that some children will require extra support. Sometimes pupils need support for a short time in order to make progress, but for others their needs will be ongoing.

All teachers are teachers of children with Special Educational Needs but are supported by a SENCO (Special educational needs coordinator) who oversees provision in school. In our school, Amy Root is the SENCO. Mrs Root works Monday-Wednesday and can be contacted via the school office or by emailing amy.root@palacewood.kent.sch.uk.

We also have a SEN Governor who discusses SEN support within school but not specific cases. Our SEN Governor is Anita Stewart.

Special Educational Needs Register

The SEN Register is a list that is kept in school of children who may require support from various people. Children who require further support in school and from outside agencies are identified as SEN Support and children whose needs are very complex may have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) or Statement of Special Educational Needs.  Parents are informed annually by letter and can discuss this with the school. If there are significant changes parents are also updated.

Outside Agencies

A variety of people visit school to offer support and advice with children. Schools meet termly at LIFT (Local Inclusion Forum Team) with outside agencies to discuss children who we have concerns about. Parental permission is always sought prior to these meetings.

Family/Emotional Difficulties

Mrs Anneke Ball is our Family Liaison Officer and is able to offer guidance and support. She has access to a wide variety of information and can often listen and then help to point you in the right direction. Mrs Ball also works with children who need nurture support. Mrs Ball can be contacted via the school office (select option 2) or by email anneke.ball@palacewood.kent.sch.uk.

Resources

There are a wide range of resources available for children with difficulties. These include: pencil grips, wedges, cushions, weighted mats, coloured overlays, ICT programmes. This list not exhaustive and when specific equipment is recommended children will usually have access to this.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Mainstream Core Standards  http://www.kelsi.org.uk/special-education-needs/special-educational-needs/the-mainstream-core-standards

Kent SEND Local Offer http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs