At St Joseph's School we pride ourselves on being an inclusive environment; welcoming children with a range of needs and disabilities. We strive to ensure our classrooms cater for all need types through outstanding teaching and informed methods that enable all children to succeed academically, socially and emotionally.
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.
In order to ensure our everyday classroom practice is as inclusive as possible we welcome suggestions and recommendations from outside agencies, with whom we work closely. These include Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Specialist Teacher, Physiotherapists and Paediatricians. We believe a collaborative multi-agency approach is best to support children and always liaise with parents and pupils (where appropriate) to ensure the voice of all stakeholders is heard. At St Joseph's School we believe everyone plays a part in a child’s development and work tirelessly alongside parents, children and other agencies to make sure we do everything we can to remove barriers to learning and enable every child to reach their full potential.
What is SEN:
A child has Special Educational Needs if they have: A significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of other children, of the same age or a disability which hinders them from making use of facilities in a mainstream classroom. Throughout a child’s life, they can experience difficulties or delays in their development. This can be evident through reaching their milestones late, not being able to keep up with their friends socially or academically, showing behaviour that you might question or speech being delayed. This does not mean they have a special educational need. Children develop at different rates and any child who experiences delays or difficulties in their development may just need support to help them progress further. This can often be achieved through good quality teaching and support, so it is important you let us know if you have any concerns at all. Special education is the practice of educating students in a way that provides accommodations that address their individual differences, disabilities and special needs.
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Contact details for the School SEN Co-Ordinator
Anne Marie Charles
Miss Charles is our acting SENco and ensures that our children's needs are identified and interventions put in place, where necessary.
email address: SEND@st-josephs-northfleet.kcsp.org.uk