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SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

Special Educational Needs Policy

This policy reflects the requirements of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the New Code of Practice 2014.  It has been developed with teachers and parents and  will be reviewed annually by the Governing Body. 


Additional information about the change in SEN provision:

Children and Families Bill 2013

The Children and Families Bill takes forward the Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Bill will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.


The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Bill will extend the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.

It takes forward the reform programme set out in support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Progress and next steps by:

•replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with a new birth- to-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets so that they have more control over the support they need;

•improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together; and

•requiring local authorities to involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support.


What is the Local Offer?

The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child. Parents can find this information on the following the link at the bottom of this page.


What will it do?

The Kent framework will allow the Local Offer to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings. 

Provisions within our setting

Our SEN Policy and SEN Information Report - A Parents and Carers Guide to SEN at St Martin's, both found below, detail both our approach to SEN and how this incorporates the changes to governmental papers documented above. Along with how this has impacted on our SEN register, attainment, progress and approach to interventions. As a caring,  nurturing and inclusive school, we endeavour to find the potential within all of the children within our setting and will always do all that we can to support the needs of all pupils to ensure they are receiving the very best provision possible. This is often achieved through the vast expertise we have within our school, but also by sourcing the right support from external providers such as: The Specialist Teaching and Learning Service and Speech and Language Therapy.


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs E Carter on 01303 2338888 or headteacher@st-martins-folkestone.kent.sch.uk.

Mrs Ames (SENCO) is available in school all day Monday, Tuesday and Thursday on telephone number is 01303 238888 or laura.ames@st-martins-folkestone.kent.sch.uk or via school office at office@st-martins-folkestone.kent.sch.uk

SEN Information Report 2022 to 2023: A Parent/Carers Guide to Special Educational Needs at

St Martin’s Primary School

The SEN Information Report provides information for parents and carers about the provision made by St Martin's Primary School to identify and support children with special educational needs.  It explains what you should do if you have a concern about your child's progress or well being and steps that the school will take to address these.  

Autism Education Trust

We regularly review the schools’ training programme and CPD for staff to ensure we can deliver high quality support for all Children with Send. As part of our support for children with Autism our whole school has completed the Autism Education Trust, Making Sense of Autism Module. This is an awareness-raising module for all staff in the school community. The module provides participants with an introduction to autism and the reasonable adjustments that need to be considered when working with autistic pupils.

Kent is offering some training for parents on the Mainstream Core Standards and how they support children with SEND in school.

Kent Parents and Carers Together

A forum for parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within Kent local authority.  There aim is to make sure that services provided by education, health and care meet the needs of children with SEND and their families.

There are only have 40 places available so if you would like to attend this event, please contact sendroadshows@kent.gov.uk to book your place. This is a first come first served event. In your email, please let us know whether you have any accessibility requirements. Please also say whether you would like to have the handouts from the day, along with the links to all the websites, so these can still be sent to you if we are unable to offer you a place.

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