Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

My name is Tracy Macfarlane and I am the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo). 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 been identified and then to ensure that as a school we do everything possible to break down barriers to learning and meet their specific needs.  The staff here at Rosherville Church of England Primary Academy are extremely proud of our inclusive learning environment and our broad and balanced curriculum which aims to bring out the best in all learners.

Children are at the heart of all we do and I work in partnership with them, their parents and carers, school staff and any outside agencies that may be involved to ensure that they fulfil their potential and achieve their best while engaging fully in the activities of the school.

Support and identification of SEND

In school, we continually monitor the progress of all pupils and assess their academic attainment several times a year. Where progress and/or attainment is less than expected, even if a special educational need has not been identified, we will put in place extra support to enable the pupil to catch up. Many children will require some level of additional support during their time in school and for most children, this support can be accommodated by changes in the whole class provision or by short term group or one to one interventions. If despite high-quality teaching and targeted additional support, pupils continue to make less than expected progress, we will use a range of strategies and assessments to identify the barriers to learning. These assessments may look at areas such as phonics, spelling, reading, maths, fine and gross motor skills, speech and language, and social and emotional needs. For children who continue to require different or additional provisions, we will, in consultation with parents and carers, identify them as having a Special Educational Need or Disability.

Type of support offered in school

In-class support

  • quality first teaching
  • teaching assistant(s) in every class
  • additional adult support for children with high levels of need

Classroom Support

  • quiet areas
  • access to sensory breaks where needed
  • specialist equipment where needed
  • visual timetables and other task management tools
  • individual workstations where required

Interventions include:

  • Rapid phonics
  • Sounds linkage
  • Precision teaching
  • Personalised Maths and English interventions and catch-up programmes
  • Active listening for active learning
  • Talking partners at primary
  • Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI)
  • Speech and Language Link interventions
  • Balance, education and movement (BEAM)
  • Fizzy Fingers
  • Lego therapy
  • Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA)
  • Drawing and Talking
  • Dog mentoring
  • School counsellor

Mental health and wellbeing

As a school, we recognise that good mental health and wellbeing are important for helping children and young people to develop and thrive.  We aim to create a safe and calm environment and through our curriculum and school activities to equip pupils to be resilient and help them manage their own wellbeing. We also understand that some children and their families will require additional support with this and offer a range of early support and interventions in school as well as working with external agencies where appropriate. Support includes:

  • Explicit teaching of mental health and wellbeing through our PSHE curriculum and assemblies
  • Celebration of special events such as Children’s Mental Health Awareness week
  • Access to whole school Worry Boxes
  • Play leaders
  • Time for children and families with our SENDCo/Mental Health Lead and/or Family Liaison Officer
  • Support from our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
  • Working with one of the therapy dogs who visit the school weekly
  • Drawing and Talking Therapy
  • School counsellor
  • Referral to external services

Who to contact

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 and who will liaise with me where necessary. If you continue to have concerns I am happy to meet with you to discuss them. I am usually in school every Wednesday and Thursday but can be contacted at other times by email: macfarlanet@rosherville.kent.sch.uk

For further information please see our policies and information links below.

To visit the Aletheia Academies Trust SEND page, please click here

Click here for our Accessibility Plan 

Click here for our SEND Policy 

Click here for the Kent Local Offer

Click here for the Parent Guide to the Kent Mainstream Core Standards

Click here to access the Kent and Medway NHS Mental Wellbeing Information Hub

Click here to access Childline – for support, information and advice for children and young people





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