Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion
At Downsview, we are committed to high achievement for all children, supporting pupils and families in ensuring the very best of opportunities and experiences are available to them.
As an inclusive community school, we are deeply committed to removing the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. Equality of opportunity central to our school ethos and our dedicated staff team work relentlessly to ensure that all children have the right to a fulfilling learning experience, regardless of their social background, ethnicity, academic ability or health. This includes support for all of our parents as we understand the vital role our families play in the well-being and development of their children and the importance of working together as a team.Our Inclusion team is led by Mrs Murray and comprises our Family Liaison Officer, Mrs Willets, a team of teaching assistants and two school counsellors who work closely with our pupils and families.
This team ensures that children receive personalised interventions and pastoral care, whether it be for their social and emotional needs, special educational needs, disabilities, behaviour, mental health or medical needs. We support teachers and parents to identify and meet the needs of every child, providing opportunities for real-life learning and working with other agencies to ensure the best possible provision for our vulnerable pupils.
Our in-school support includes, but is not limited to:
- Specialist Counselling
- Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA)
- Play therapy
- Lego therapy
- Time to Talk
- Drawing and Talking therapy
- Sensory circuits
- English interventions including daily 1:1 reading, comprehension groups, Beat Dyslexia interventions, 'Trugs' phonics groups
- Maths Interventions including Catch Up Maths and 1:1/ small group support
- Speechlink and Language Link
- Use of laptops/ Clicker 8 to support writing
- Transition support
Kent Local Offer
Kent's Local offer ensures that it is easier for people to find out about services available to 0-25 year olds with special educational needs and disabilities The Local Offer is one of the ways in which Kent is delivering the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act, which became law in September 2014.
Click the link below to find out about:
- Arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
- How to access services and how decisions are made.
- Sources of support, advice and information