As part of the Children and Families Act 2013, Local Authorities are required to publish a ‘Local Offer’ which sets out support that is available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in the local area. Here is the Kent Local Offer.
Alongside this, schools are required to publish information about their arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with special educational needs.
The following information outlines the support and provision pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities can expect at Darenth Primary School; Provision at Darenth Primary School
Also included is our SEND Policy which is written to comply with the 2014 Children and Families Act and its SEN Code of Practice together with the Equality Act 2010; SEN Policy
Further information on the 2015 Special Educational Needs Code of Practice can be found here.
Below are a list of Frequently Asked Questions that may be of use;
1) How does Darenth Community Primary School know if children need extra help?
We know when pupils need help if:
* Concerns are raised by parents/carers or teachers.
* Concerns are raised by the previous school or setting.
* There is a lack of progress. This will be identified when looking at data which is collected at regular intervals throughout the year and discussed with the SLT, SENCo and class teacher at pupil progress meetings.
* There is a change to the child’s behaviour or progress.
2) What should parents do if they think their child may have Special Educational Needs?
In the first instance, if you have any concerns then contact your child’s class teacher and if there are further concerns still, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Osborne (SENCo) or Mr Ward (Head of School).
3) How can parents be certain their child’s needs are being met at Darenth Community Primary School?
* All teachers will plan and deliver lessons that meet the various needs of all the children in the class. Work will be differentiated accordingly to meet these needs. This may include additional support by the Class teacher or Classroom Assistant.
* If a child needs extra help in their learning for example in phonics, reading, maths they will be placed in a booster or intervention group run by a teacher or teaching support.
* Intervention programmes are designed and run with the needs of the individual child at the centre. Specific targets are set and progress is monitored and reviewed by the Inclusion team.
If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s intervention programme, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or Mrs Osborne/Mr Ward.
4) How will I know how my child is doing?
* You will be able to discuss your child’s progress at Parents Evening with the class teacher, and SENCo (if necessary).
* Class teachers are frequently available at the end of the school day if you wish to raise a concern and appointments can be made to speak in more detail about your child’s progress with the class teacher or SENCo via the school office.
* Regular review meetings of children with SEND with School staff, Parents/carers and outside agencies are held to discuss the needs of the child and that his/her targets are being met.
5) How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?
* Funding will be matched to your child’s need with the majority being spent on adults and learning materials, in cases where more support is needed than we can provide.
* Children identified as having special needs are continually monitored and progress shared with you.
* You will be kept informed of any outcomes of formal assessments undertaken by outside agencies.
* Where referrals for outside agencies are deemed necessary, your consent will be needed to allow us to access this support.
Other useful links;
Our SENCO is Mrs Osborne and can be reached by phone or email on
Telephone: 01474 703178