St Katherine’s School & Nursery SEN Information for Parents and Carers
Identifying Children’s Additional Needs
At St. Katherine’s School we monitor the progress of all pupils six times a year to review their academic, social and emotional progress.
We also use a range of assessments with all the pupils at various points, such as:
Language Link in Reception
Speech Link as required
Y1 Phonics Screening
KS1 Statutory Testing
KS2 Statutory Testing
Where progress is not sufficient, even if a special educational need has not been identified, we develop a plan to allow the pupil to catch up. This may mean adapting classroom practise or providing extra support in the form of small group work or 1:1 support.
Some pupils may continue to make inadequate progress, despite high-quality teaching targeted at their areas of weakness. For these pupils, and in consultation with parents, we will use a range of assessment tools or access support and advice from outside agencies to determine the cause of the learning difficulty. The purpose of this more detailed assessment is to understand what additional resources and different approaches are required to enable the pupil to make better progress. These will be shared with parents, put into a SEN support plan and reviewed regularly, and refined/revised if necessary. At this point we will have identified that the pupil has a special educational need because the school is making special educational provision for the pupil which is additional and different to what is normally available.
If the pupil is able to make good progress using this additional and different resource (but would not be able to maintain this good progress without it) we will continue to identify the pupil as having a special educational need. If the pupil is able to maintain good progress without the additional and different resources, he or she will not be identified with special educational needs. When any change in identification of SEN is made, parents will be notified.
We will ensure that all teachers and support staff who work with the pupil are aware of the support to be provided and the teaching approaches to be used.
For further details please see our SEN & Disability Policy
Access Arrangements & Equal Opportunities for SEN Pupils
At St Katherine’s we aim to create an inclusive culture for all staff, pupils, families and visitors to the school. We recognise, respect and value people’s differences and ensure that individuals or groups of individuals are treated equally; including ability, disability, race, gender, belief, sexual orientation and age.
We promote equality and diversity treating all staff and students fairly ensuring equal access to opportunities to enable children and staff to fully participate in the learning process and achieve and equip them with the skills to challenge inequality and discrimination.
The school environment includes designated parking and step free access to the school building. There are designated disabled toilets and grab rails around the school so that pupils can develop independence in self-care skills.
Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my child’s SEND?
In the first instance you should always speak to your child's class teacher and then they may advise you to speak to our Inclusion Manager Mrs L Fitch.
Tel: 01634 240061
Under the Children and Families Bill which became law in September 2014, Local Authorities are required to publish, and keep under review, information about services that they expect to be available for children and young people with disabilities and Special Educational Needs aged 0-25. This is called the Local Offer. The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. The link below will take you to the Kent Local offer: