Ashburnham Road, Penenden Heath, Maidstone, ME14 2JG
Mrs L Downes
What do I do if my child has Special Educational Needs (SEN) prior to starting at Sandling Primary?
Children with SEN will settle more quickly into school if everyone involved in their learning and well being have a shared understanding of their needs. Therefore we encourage pre schools / feeder schools and parents to contact the SENCo, Mrs Ross (through the school office) at the point they are considering Sandling for their child to make an appointment to meet and discuss any reasonable adjustments that can be put in place. This will also involve a tour of the school if this has not already been done.
Once it is confirmed that your child will be joining us we like to arrange a transition meeting where you, as parents/carers, and all the adults involved in supporting your child meet and share the strengths and the differences of your child. At this meeting we also draw up an action plan to support transition which may involve extra opportunities for your child to visit our school as part of their preparation. The principle is that the more we know the more we can support and help.
Please be aware that towards the end of June and July this is a particularly busy time for transition and so the earlier we know the more likely we are to be able to arrange meetings.
What do I do if my child is already at Sandling School but I have a concern that they may have a difficulty with learning?
The first point of contact is your child’s class teacher as they are the person in school who they spend the most time with. Make a list of your concerns and an appointment to see the class teacher. The class teacher may agree that they have similar concerns or they may ask for a few weeks to observe these areas more closely and to meet with you again. We support all needs through the use of a provision map which details interventions being run for that class. Again these need to be trialled first as if they succeed no further investigation is required but if they do not help, a referral to the SENCo, Mrs Ross, will be needed.
If the class teacher feels that there may be a difficulty that needs exploring further they will complete a referral, with your permission, to the SENCo who will determine any assessment / observation that needs to be undertaken. These will be carried out within 25 school days and the results fed back to you along with any actions to be taken.
If there is an identified need that relates to learning then it will also be explained that your child is going to be placed on the SEN register in school so that the SENCo monitors your child along with the class teacher. It also means that you and your child, if they are in KS2, will be invited to SEN support meetings 3 times a year. These meetings last 10-15 minutes and involve, the SENCO, Class Teacher, Teaching Assistant and yourselves. They look at the long term targets for your child in the area they have difficulty and break these down into achievable steps throughout the year.
What do I do if my child has a disability and / or medical need?
Some children have a disability or a medical need e.g. severe allergy which does not affect their learning in any way and whilst it is therefore not a Special Education Need, it is vital we meet to ensure any necessary care arrangements are in place for when your child starts.
If this is the case then please contact the Family Liaison Officer, Mrs Tozer, to arrange a meeting to discuss requirements.
Facilities for Disabled Pupils
We currently have:
• all steps marked with yellow lines
• car drop off disabled bay
• designated staff trained in medical needs (as they arise), currently includes diabetes, epipen and incontinence.
• electronic white boards in teaching rooms – it is recognised that children with Learning difficulties and problems with their sight or are partially sighted find it easier to learn when an electronic white board is used.
• all staff training in Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Dyslexia
• medical forms for parents to complete on entry to help us identify pupils and / or parents with disabilities / medical needs so that we can offer any support required.
• software purchased to support pupils with learning difficulties: Clicker, Wordshark, Numbershark, Memory Booster, Talking Textease.
A local authority survey of our site recognised that our corridors are too narrow to enable slope and step access and having been built on a slope most of the school site has stepped access which may affect those with mobility difficulties. There are 2 Year 3 mobile classrooms and 2 Year 6 classrooms with sloped access.
Please talk to us if considering a place at Sandling so that we can look into any reasonable adjustments that may be required, with you.
The Local Offer
This link will direct you to the Kent Local Officer for Special Educational Needs and Disability.
What else is available in the local area?
The school SEN policy and the accessibility plan (contained within the Public Sector Equality Duty Policy) are available from the policies section of the website.