Inclusion and Special Educational Needs & Disablities (SEND)
At Kingsmead we want to make sure that children are happy, secure and successful. Sometimes some children or their families need extra help to make sure of this. There is a team of adults in school who organise and provide additional support for children and their parents & carers.
Ruth, our Deputy Headteacher is also responsible for Inclusion (and is our SENDCo). Ruth works closely with your child’s teachers to track your child’s progress in school and organise extra support if your child is falling behind. This support may be provided by adults in school - teachers, teaching and learning associates, teaching assistants - or specialists from outside of school such as Speech and Language Therapists or Specialist Teachers. If you think your child may need additional support or you are worried about your child’s progress please talk to the class teacher or Ruth. Ruth also monitors the children’s attendance and punctuality at school together with Michelle, our Senior Administrative Officer. They meet regularly with the Attendance Officer at the Learning Trust to discuss any concerns.
Paul, our Learning Mentor, works with children in and out of class who are having difficulties with behaviour, learning or need emotional support. He also runs groups for children to help them cope with change and challenging situations such as transition to secondary school and is parent liaison at Kingsmead too, supporting parents to support their children’s behaviour at home.
Emma, who is responsible for Communications and Community Liaison, provides lots of support for families and children and can help you to access local services such as children centres, legal advice, medical services and respite holidays. She helps set up exciting activities for children and their families and works closely with some of the outside agencies and charities, we have relationships with
Jon, the LEAP School Counsellor supports identified children in 1:1 sessions to manage stress, anxiety and to foster positive relationships with others. He provides talk time drop in sessions for children who self-refer and also can signpost parents & carers of how to access further support if needed.
Our Academic Mentors (Roderick and Francoise) and Teaching and Learning Associates (Julia) run sessions providing support with reading, writing and maths. They also, along with many of our teaching assistants support small groups of children with their Speech and Language, in programmes devised by our Speech and Language therapist.
Our dedicated and experienced team of teaching assistants will be working alongside teachers to support your child and help them to fulfil their learning potential in school as well as enabling your child to access a range of additional activities such as clubs and trips.
There will always be someone at the school gate at the beginning and end of the day, so please talk to them if you have any concerns about your child.
Please also see the Wellbeing & Mental Health page of our website that has more useful information about how Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health are supported at Kingsmead.
Special Educational Needs and Disability
Our SEND Information Report for parents and carers and the LEAP Federation's Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy can be found as PDFs at the bottom of the Statutory Information page in the About Us section of this website.
You can find information about how we adapt the curriculum and learning environment for children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities at the bottom of the Teaching and Learning page.