Special Education Needs
All children are welcomed to St Edward's Catholic Primary School where they are valued and respected. We pride ourselves upon being inclusive of all abilities; caring and valuing each child in a way that ensures they reach their own, individual potential. We ensure all children have opportunities to grow spiritually, socially, emotionally and academically. Some children will require extra support whilst at school; in some cases, this will only be for a short time but in other instances their needs will be ongoing.
Our children are able to access a team of committed and talented individuals both within and outside school who inspire and motivate both the children and their families. We work together with a range of organisations and schools who challenge and support us in the building of an inclusive community within our school. As a school community there are strong links to support the raising of each child with the love and care they require to take their unique role in the wider world.
All of our class teachers are teachers of children with Special Educational Needs but are also supported by Mrs Towsey, our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator). Mrs Towsey is a qualified teacher, a member of the Senior Leadership Team and has received the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. Mrs Towsey is also a Specialist Teacher for Dyslexia and Irlen screener. If you have any concerns and would like to speak to Mrs Towsey she can be contacted on 01795 662708.
There is a statutory duty to monitor SEN by the Governing Body.
If you have a child with SEN and/or disabilities please access Kent’s Local Offer by following the link below. Here you will find details of services available in Kent, for example, arrangements for identifying and assessing children, sources of support, advice and information.
The Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) Swale District
We work closely with the Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT), supporting children with Special Educational Needs. Here is information about the specialist teacher team at LIFT.
Speech and Language Support
At St Edward's we can provide access to the NHS Speech and Language service. In addition we offer in-school Speech and Language Therapy advice and interventions. From April 2020, these are delivered by the NHS and he will work closely with the SENCO (Mrs Samuel) and the Speech and Language Teaching Assistant (Mrs Neeves).
Below are some useful links, if you would like further information about Speech and Language Needs, or ideas for supporting at home.
Child or Young Person Mental Health Service (CYPMHS)
Kent CYPMHS provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Kent. Children, young people and families are able to access this service via a single point of access using a single phone number. Parents and carers can refer their children directly, or they can ask school to help them to do this.
0300 123 4496
They are open 8-8 Mon-Frid or 8-12 Sat and Bank Holidays.
Outside these hours you will be transferred directly to Mental Health Direct.
KCC Local Offer: Parents and young people are encouraged to browse through the KCC Local Offer website for advice, guidance and information relating to SEND http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs
Please use the form below to contact our SENCo.