Our SEND Team

Our SEND team is headed by Mrs Caroline Mills, our very experienced Inclusions Manager. Mrs Mills oversees all aspects of SEND provision and acts as our point of contact with a wide range of outside agencies. Mrs Mills leads our team of Teaching Assistants,  working with teachers and TAs to identify pupils’ individual needs, and the most appropriate means of supporting them. Regular TA meetings are held by Mrs Mills, to share best practice and recent training. Mrs Mills has an excellent understanding of a huge variety of SEND issues, and is extremely effective in her ability to secure the very best level of support for each individual pupil. Mrs Mills works in school for two days a week; these days often vary due to the need for Mrs Mills to attend meetings with various outside agencies.

Mrs Caroline Reeves is our SEN Teaching Assistant. She has a wealth of experience and expertise supporting pupils with specific learning difficulties – an area sometimes referred to as Cognition and Learning. Mrs Reeves works with individual pupils, often two or three times a day for short periods of time, devising and implementing highly personalised learning programmes that address specific areas of difficulty. Mrs Reeves’ expertise means that she is very highly regarded by all members of our team, who often benefit from her support and guidance. If there is an effective resource or strategy out there, Mrs Reeves will know it – and if there isn’t, she’ll create it!

Mrs Vicky Newington is our SEN Assistant. A qualified teacher, Mrs Newington now works as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA), supporting pupils with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Mrs Newington has a huge amount of experience supporting pupils with ASC and also does a great deal of work preparing less confident pupils for the transition to secondary school. Mrs Newington is additionally involved in our management of referrals to the Early Help Service – often meeting with parents to make a referral to access additional support for a pupil and/or their family as a whole.

Supporting the work of the identified SEND team are our highly skilled Teaching Assistants. TAs are deployed by the Inclusions Manager and Headteacher to support pupils’ needs – on both individual and whole class levels. TAs may deliver targeted interventions to individuals or small groups, or provide whole class support.

The details for the SEND Local Offer please click on the following link:

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs

 

Zones of Regulation

 

Sensory Circuits