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Inclusion and Equality

Inclusion Manager - Mrs Hilary Burnage 
At Blean Primary School we are proud of our inclusive ethos and equality of opportunity for all.  We strive to achieve the best outcomes for all of our children as individuals and as members of our school community.

We believe in everyone in our school community ‘learning together to enjoy and achieve’.  We recognise the importance of school staff, parents and pupils working together to ensure inclusive practice is central to our mission statement.

The Inclusion Manager is part of the leadership team.  She is a qualified teacher with over twenty years of experience and has an advanced certificate in specific Learning difficulties- dyslexia.

Whilst all of our teachers are responsible for and accountable for the progress of and development of the pupils in their class, the Inclusion Manager’s role is to lead and support the identification of and provision for children with Additional Educational Needs (AEN). This includes children identified with a Special Educational Need (SEN), English as an Additional Language (EAL), Medical needs or where children have been identified as Gifted and Talented.  The Inclusion Manager works in partnership with parents and external agencies where appropriate.  
The Inclusion Manager, who works part time, is supported by a Higher level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) for Inclusion, Mr Reddin-Tasker. Mr Reddin-Tasker assists in the assessment of additional educational needs and in delivering intervention programmes. We also have a dedicated and skilled team of teaching assistants who are deployed throughout the school. They support the teaching and learning in the classrooms and also lead intervention programmes, usually in the afternoon sessions.  Our team of teaching assistants access regular professional development opportunities via our in-school training programme and, where appropriate, by attending externally provided training. 
 
In line with The SEN Code of Practice Sept 2014, we use a ‘Graduated Approach’ - a four part cycle (assess – plan- do- review) to secure good outcomes for pupils with SEN.

The Inclusion Manager also works alongside our Parent/Pupil Mentor. 

Attendance and Pastoral Manager  - Miss Kelly Lupson

Miss Lupson, in her role of Attendance and Pastoral Manager works alongside parents/carers and families to provide support and guidance to increase engagement with the school and improve learning outcomes for pupils. This includes supporting attendance and punctuality, liaising with parents to set up Heath Care Plans where pupils have a medical condition and referring pupils and families to 'Early Help' intervention where appropriate. The Attendance and Pastoral Manager also liaises with class teachers and the Inclusion Manager to support the social, emotional and mental health needs of pupils. 

Please read our SEN and Disability Policy /SEN Information Report for detailed information about our support for Special Educational Needs /Disability.

The ‘Kent Local Offer’ is a response from the government to enable parents/carers to find out about services, opportunities and access for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.  

Please find below a link to Kent County Councils local offer in line with the SEN Code of Practice 2014 

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs/about-the-local-offer 

Please take time to look at our SEN Information Report. We welcome feedback. If you have any questions to ask, please email them to Mrs Burnage (Inclusion Manager) via enquiries@blean.kent.sch.uk.

Useful links

Below are some uselful links to other websites offering support and advice about SEN needs.

Dyslexia Support

Autism 

Speech & Language Services Kent 

Parent Supports - Information, Advice & Support 

SNAAP - Special Needs Advisory and Activities Project 

Kent Local Offer

Whole School Provision Map

Below is the whole school provision map which details the interventions availble to children in each Year group.

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