The Special Educational Needs Department is an integral part of the work of the school.
Early assessment and identification of need, rapid accurate communication with subject staff, and a Department-based approach by the Teaching Assistants, are helping the school create achievement for all learners.
We liaise with many outside agencies such as the Educational Psychology service, outreach teachers for the Visual Impaired and Hearing Impaired, and the advisory teacher from the Language and Learning Support Service.
Training for staff and for TA's is organised to help them teach children with differing needs.
Provision for Special Educational Needs
The SENCO, Matt Townsend is responsible for enabling all children with Special Educational Needs to enjoy learning and succeed at their own level.
The SEN support team consists of:
- Teaching Assistants
- Clerical Support
- HLTA for literacy & numeracy
Our aim is to enable all students to enjoy their time at school, to access the curriculum, and to achieve to their full potential.
The five aims of the Children's Act: 'being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, and making a positive contribution' provide a good summary of our aim for every student.
Matt Townsend, SENCO. - firstname.lastname@example.org
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SEND Local Offer
ESCC Local Offer information
Useful SEN Links regarding COVID-19
- What is Coronavirus home testing? A visual story explaining the Coronavirus home testing kit.
- Behaviour Support at Home.
- Having a Coronavirus test at home.
- Crick Software (Clicker) are offering 'free access for pupils and teachers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak': https://www.cricksoft.com/uk.
- The National Autistic Society (NAS) have created a hub with information and resources about coronavirus to help children, staff and parents deal with this difficult time: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus.
- Covid 19 - Social distancing translated into 44 languages produced in partnership by Doctors of the World in association with the British Red Cross: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/#
- Some young people with autism and their families are struggling due to not being able to safely get out and about. Amaze have put together a letter for parents who need to travel to safely exercise at this time; https://amazesussex.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Letter-re-exercising.pdf
Useful SEN Links
- East Sussex County Council SEND support
- Kent County Council support
- Amaze SENDIASS: Advice on anything to do with special educational needs and disability including education, health and social care for parents and young people living or going to school in East Sussex.
- The National Association for Special Education Needs
- NHS Definitions of Needs and Conditions
- British Dyslexia Association
- The Dyslexia Association
- The National Autistic Society
- East Sussex Parents and Carers Council
- SEND Prospectus:A comprehensive resource for parents and carers to explain how special education needs are identified and met in mainstream settings.
- Council for Disabled Children: This resource will identify some of the common barriers children and young people have identified at different stages of their participatory involvement, and propose some solutions.
- East Sussex SEND Matrix (revised): Information regarding the quality of teaching and learning for pupils with SEND.
All SEND complaints should be directed to Mr Townsend in the first instance and they will be dealt with in accordance with the school's complaint's policy.