Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Halling is proud of its inclusive ethos and is fully committed to ensuring all pupils, regardless of their background, additional educational needs, race or gender are able to fulfil their potential.
Our Inclusion Leader and SENCo is Miss Shona Eakins who is available on the school telephone number or can be emailed at Office@halling.medway.sch.uk. Her usual days of work are Monday to Thursday, inclusive.
Our SEN Governor can also be contacted via the school number or Office@halling.medway.sch.uk
As Inclusion Leader, Miss Eakins’ role is to ensure that we fully meet the needs of all pupils at our school.
Miss Eakins works closely with parents, carers, teachers, teaching assistants and external experts so that we can provide the support that may be needed.
We work hard to ensure that all of our pupils’ needs are identified at an early stage and will be met, monitored and reviewed regularly.
Code of Practice
In September 2014, a new Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice came into effect. The definitions below are used within that key document.
Definition of Special Educational Needs (SEN)
A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty if he or she:
(a) has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
(b) has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream post-16 institutions. SEN code of Practice (2014, p.4)
Definition of a disability
Many children and young people who have SEN may also have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is “…a physical or mental impairment which has long term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”. This definition provides a relatively low threshold and includes more children than many realise: “long term” is defined as “a year or more” and “substantial” is defined as “more than minor or trivial” SEN Code of Practice (2014 p.5)
A note regarding admissions
- Decisions on the admission of pupils with a statement of Special Educational Needs / Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan are made by the Local Authority.
- The admission arrangements for pupils without a statement of Special Educational Needs or EHC plan do not discriminate against or disadvantage disabled children or those with special educational needs.
School SEND Information
Help and Advice
If you are concerned that your child may have traits of any type of special needs, some helpful information and websites are listed below.
If you would like to speak to your child's class teacher and the SENDCo to discuss this further, please make an appointment to do so.