A child may have additional educational needs (AEN) 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 social, emotional, physical, visual or hearing difficulty. Equally we recognise that there are children who are gifted or talented who need additional provision to ensure they are appropriately challenged. The school has an Inclusion Team Leader, Mrs Sarah Symons who is responsible for making sure we identify children with additional learning, emotional or behavioural needs, and that we then meet those needs. A child who is having difficulties can get help in different ways. The class teacher can make everyday tasks a little easier or put the child in a small group for some extra help with a teaching assistant, under the guidance of the class teacher. Teachers can also be allocated to do specific work with them in order to help them catch up where they may have got a little behind on something. Indeed many children receive additional support with their learning from teachers in 1:1 or small group classes, who do not have special educational needs but are merely in need of support in a particular area of the curriculum. Early identification of problems is important. This is why we encourage you to contact us well before your child is due to start school and tell us if you feel your child may need extra help, or has a social, emotional or medical problem. This will be kept confidential to those who teach and help your child. Every effort will be taken to provide additional help and support where necessary, so that the child’s time at school is happy and enjoyable from the start.
We have a SEN Intervention Protocol which explains how parents can access more information and updates about their child's needs and provision in school.
When you need help or support
We know that at some point most of us will face some major difficulty in our home lives, which may have a real impact on our children. Our job is to ensure that children are able to come to school happily and get the best of their time at school. We can offer support in a number of ways, either in school through our Family liaison Officer (FLO), or through the Children’s Centre, which is based at Briary.
Each class teacher has a responsibility for the general welfare of each child in his or her class. Children are encouraged to share any concerns or worries they have with their teacher, or with any other adult in school. Of course, there may be times when we remain unaware of a difficulty, so if you suspect something is not right, please do get in touch with your child’s teacher straight away. Equally, we will always let you know if we have concerns.
The School has a Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Symons, as well as Mr McDonagh, Mrs Grange and Mrs Murrell. On occasions teachers may ask Mrs Symons to be involved, or you may wish to speak directly to her regarding any concerns. A copy of the school’s Child Protection Policy is available here.
If your child is unwell or hurt at school, we shall want to let you know without delay. It’s vital that we have not only your home and work telephone numbers, but also those of a friend or relative who can be contacted if you’re not available. It is our policy to let you know of all bumps and knocks, but if a child doesn’t tell us, we may not know. It is strictly forbidden for a child to bring medicines to school. This includes throat and cough sweets. Medicines will not be administered to any child, unless there are exceptional circumstances and arrangements have been made with the school office. This rule is to safeguard the interests of both children and staff. Of course, you may like to come into school to administer essential medicine yourself. If your child has a chronic illness, or long-term complaint requiring medication, such as asthma, please do get in touch. If your child isn’t well, please don’t send him or her to school until fully recovered. Children who aren’t well can be very unhappy and infections spread quickly between young children. Children with nits or head lice should be treated before being sent to school. If your child has head lice, we ask that you let us know, in confidence, so that a letter can be sent home to all parents asking them to make a special check. The school cannot check children’s hair. Children with long hair must have it tied back, as it’s safer at playtimes, doesn’t inhibit their work and reduces the risk of catching head lice. There is a team of school nurses who are responsible for schools in Herne Bay including Briary. Your child will be offered a school entry screening of height, weight, vision and hearing. This is usually after the first term when a school entry questionnaire has been filled in and consent given. School nurses can offer advice about many issues and concerns including head lice, bedwetting and asthma. They can also refer children to other agencies e.g. school doctor or optician. So if you have any worries or questions about your child’s health, do get in touch with them. They are based at the School Health building, Whitstable & Tankerton Hospital, telephone number: 01227 594634.