A child may have special educational needs (SEN) if he or she has difficulty coping with aspects of life in the classroom. This could be for lots of different reasons, such as problems with learning, behaviour or communication, or because of some soical, emotional, physical, visual or hearing difficulty. Equally we recognise that there are children who are gifted or talented who also need additional to ensure they are appropriately challenged.
SENCO stands for "Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator". A SENCO is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school's SEN policy. All mainstream schools must appoint a teacher to be their SENCO.
The SENCO will co-ordinate additional support for pupils with SEN and liaise with their parents, teachers and other professionals who are involved with them. The SENCO has responsibility for requesting the involvement of external services. Their work also includes general SEN assessments, administration and parental support. The SENCO works closely with the Head and teachers to try and develop ways of overcoming barriers to a child's learning and ensuring that they receive effective teaching through assessing the child’s needs and setting targets for improvement.
All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their additional educational need. we will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.
Dymchurch has a part time SENCO, Mrs Caroline Boorman, who would be happy to discuss any needs your child may have.
We also encourage new parents to Dymchurch to contact us as soon as possible prior to your child starting if you believe they may need extra help, or has a social, emotional or medical problem.
Please contact the school office on 01303 872377 should you wish to arrange a meeting.
Information, Advice and Support Kent (IASK) also offers support and advice for parents - and families of disabled children - and children with SEN.
Listed below is a brief overview of the key additional programmes we deliver to support all learners, where appropriate. If you wish to discuss your child’s support programmes please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher or our SENCO Mrs Boorman, in the first instance.
Dyslexia-friendly classroom practices are reflected throughout the school. Please see the attached whole school provision map as a guide to what we are able to offer pupils with dyslexia. Staff are supported to ensure they are meeting the needs of dyslexic children and we seek the advice of the Educational Psychology Service where appropriate. You can read more about dyslexia by visiting the British Dyslexia Association where you can read their latest newsletter. Other websites that might prove useful are Dyslexia East Kent Support or Kent West Dyslexia Association and Dyslexia Action.
We are able to offer free screening for pupils in year 3 and above via Selling school, where we have a trained screener Mrs Sheila Johnson. Irlen Syndrome is a specific type of perceptual problem that affects the way the brain processes visual information. It is not an optical problem. For those with Irlen Syndrome, the brain is unable to process full spectral light. This can results in a range of distortions in the environment, a range of distortions on the printed page or physical and behavioural symptoms. To arrange a screening please contact your child's teacher or Mrs Boorman in the first instance, who will be able to arrange a screening via the Academy's Central AENCO co-ordinator.
We aim to ensure that children who display exceptional gifts and talents are provided for. Every year, the children with exceptional gifts and talents are identified by members of staff as well as their families. This process enables the school to ensure that provision is in place to challenge and enrich the learning of this group of children. The school works to offer a variety of enrichment opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, and aims to harness and develop the gifts and talents that our children display.
A speech programme which targets sounds that children have difficulties in producing. Children are tested within the school using this specialised computer programme and then the class teacher or teaching assistant delivers the suggested individualised programmes. There are occasions when the tests show that a child needs to be referred to a Speech and Language Therapy for additional guidance and/or intervention.
Individualised programmes submitted by a Speech Therapist assigned to this school which is delivered by the class teacher or teaching assistant. These are for children who have been referred, by the school or by a medical professional, to be assessed by the Speech and Language Therapy Service. These programmes can include speech sound production, language development and social skills, depending on the child’s needs.
This is for children who have a first language other than English and may need further intervention with their English language understanding in order to aid their academic development.
The Fizzy programme has been developed by Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. It is graded and measurable in three stages and works on three specific areas- balance, ball skills and body awareness.
This is a highly structured, multi-sensory individual reading programme which is specially designed for children needing additional support in acquiring reading and phonic skills.
This intervention is accessible to all pupils who may be experiencing difficulty with some aspects of home/school life e.g. a family bereavement which may impact on their school life. Dymchurch uses the services of a qualified councellor and play therapist.
This is provided to help young people understand why they are angry and how to deal with it in a positive and safe way.
Fine motor skills are vital to the development of many competencies in young children. Activities are divided into sections focusing on warming up, hand and finger strength, manipulation and eye-hand co-ordination. A programme called Clever Fingers is used for this purpose.