Briary Primary School is committed to meeting the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). There is a shared expectation that all children, regardless of their specific needs, should be offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community.
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.
Mainstream Core Standards - Provision that the local area expects to be made available for children and young people with Special Educational Needsand/or disabilities attending mainstream schools
Mainstream Core Standards - A Guide for Parents
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 Murrell (Headteacher) and two deputy DSLs Mrs Cripps (Deputy Headteacher) and Miss Grange (Family Liaison Officer) . On occasions teachers may ask one of our DSLs to be involved, or you may wish to speak directly to one of our Safeguarding team 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.