Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

My name is Tracy Macfarlane and I am the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENCO) at Shorne Church of England Primary Academy. I am a qualified teacher and hold the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

My aim is to ensure that any Special Educational Needs or Disabilities a child may have are identified and then to ensure that as a school we do everything possible to break down barriers to learning and meet their specific needs. All the staff here are extremely proud of our inclusive learning environment and our broad and balanced curriculum which aims to bring out the best in all learners. In addition to the Class Teachers, we have a strong team of support staff who are highly skilled in working with children with a range of different needs. Our pastoral team includes a play therapist as well as staff trained in other therapies for example, Drawing and Talking and Dog Mentoring. We have a Family Liaison Officer (FLO) who also works in partnership with children, their parents or carers and any outside agencies to ensure that we achieve the best for all the children we work with.

The majority of children will require some level of additional support during their time in school. This may include support for: specific areas of learning, speech and language, social and emotional and/or with a physical disability. For most children this support can be accommodated by changes in whole class provision or by short group or one to one interventions. Some children however will require different or additional provision and after discussions with parents/carers will be identified as having a Special Educational Need or Disability. For further information please see our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy.

If you have any concerns about your child the best place to start is by talking to their Class Teacher who will know your child well. If you continue to have concerns I am happy to meet with you. I am usually in school every Tuesday but can be contacted at other times by email: senco@shorne.kent.sch.uk

For additional information and resources please visit the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust SEND page here

SEND Policy