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SEND and DISABILITY
Welcome to New Ash Green Primary School where our ethos is ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ (TEAM)
We aim to create an environment that meets the Special Educational Needs and/or Disability of each child through high quality teaching and a supportive and nurturing environment where parents and pupils feel fully involved in the process.
Mrs Bel Evans (SENCO and Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Mrs Den Girbow (SEN Governor)
SEN Profile of the School
There are currently 389 pupils on roll at New Ash Green. Around 40 pupils are on the school’s SEN Support Register which represents approximately 10%.
These pupils receive support which is ‘additional to or different from’ that provided for other pupils in their class, in order for them to access the curriculum and to make progress from their starting points.
Visual support such as timetables, checklists, task boards
Support for emotional needs, challenging behaviour and social skills
BEAM, Clever Fingers, Handwriting programmes
Draw and Talk
Transition support for pupils entering school, changing classes or moving on
We also commission independent assessments when appropriate, such as Educational Psychology, Occupational Therapy or Speech and Language. As part of our Nurture Team, we also have a full time Family Liaison Officer and Learning Mentor who both support pupils and families. We take pride in our nurturing approach to ensure that the well-being of pupils is paramount.
Frequently asked questions for Parents:
What should I do if I am worried about my child’s progress and/or well-being
In the first instance please discuss your concerns with your child’s class teacher. He or she will liaise with the SENCO or other senior staff to clarify and address the concerns.
How will I know how my child is making progress?
The class teachers continually assess and review the progress of pupils and meet formally 6 times a year to discuss all pupils. At this stage there may be extra support put into place to help your child ‘catch up’, and this will be reviewed at the next meeting. You will be given a copy of the provision map or plan showing what support is in place for your child.
How will I know if my child has a Special Educational Need?
If your child continues to make either little or no progress despite high quality teaching, we can use a range of assessment tools to clarify any learning difficulty or barrier to learning. We can also engage support from external agencies for further advice. If following this, support is put into place which is additional and different from what is normally available, your child will be added to the school’s SEN Support Register and you will be informed by letter. We feel that early identification is vital, to ensure that you are involved in the process at the earliest opportunity.
Who can I ask for help and support in the school?
The class teacher should always be the first point of contact, but there are other members of staff available for help and support: