Special Educational Need
At Our Lady of Hartley we strive to challenge and motivate all learners. We have a fully inclusive environment and as much as possible try to support all children in the classroom alongside their peers all the while recognising their individual needs and delivering personalised provision where necessary.
All of our teaching staff have a good level of experience supporting children with special educational needs and know the children they work with extremely well. We aim to develop excellent working relationships with parents and carers and make sure they are fully involved with target setting, reviewing and meetings with external agencies. The child is always at the centre of this and their thoughts and aspirations are a focal point in all discussions and planning.
Our small, friendly school prides itself on its strong catholic ethos. All members of our school community treat one another with kindness and respect and the children are well supported by their peers as well as the adults in school.
Mrs McGinley has been our Inclusion manager since 2013 and as such as has the national award for SENCO, a PGC in cognition and learning and has the national professional qualification for senior leaders.
In March 2014 the Children and Families Act 2014 became law. As part of this, there were important changes to the support and services children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities receive.
Kent County Council publishes a ‘Local Offer’ outlining details of what families can expect from mainstream services across education, health and social care.
Education Health and Care plans exist to ensure that services work closely together to support students with complex needs.
We work with many external agencies. We value the collaborative relationships we have developed with these services as they allow us call on the expertise of various professionals to make sure our pupil’s needs are fully met.
For more information please see our SEN policy and information document.