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Special Educational Needs

Inclusion and Wellbeing support for pupils at Reculver C.E. Primary School
What is Inclusion in our school?

At Reculver C.E.Primary School we welcome everyone into our community. Reculver C.E. Primary School endeavours to make available truly inclusive provision to ensure that all pupils, including those pupils identified with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, can enjoy and benefit from a broad and balanced education. We provide all pupils with access to the National Curriculum at an appropriate level, so that each pupil may achieve their full potential.

Every pupil at Reculver C.E. Primary School is very much an individual and their needs are assessed as such. We welcome any child, and endeavour to maintain a supportive working relationship with parents and carers.

Who is responsible for the pupils with Special Education Needs and Disabilities?

 The member of staff with overall responsibility for pupils with Special Educational Needs is Mrs Fiona Cunningham who has the role of Inclusion Manager. She is a qualified teacher and holds the National Award for SEN Coordination. She also holds the Mandatory M Phil Postgraduate qualification and is a Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired (QTVI). Her email address is: and she is happy to answer any queries you may have about Inclusion in our school.

We are proud of our ethos of Inclusion at Reculver.  This is shared by all our staff who each feel it important to take responsibility for the inclusion of all our pupils, whatever their Special Educational Need or Disability.

What support do you offer pupils with Visual Impairment and / or Cognition & Learning needs?

 Reculver C.E. Primary School has provided a Specialist Resource Based Provision (SRBP) for pupils with a Vision Impairment since the 1990s. The SRBP has also recently expanded to meet the needs of pupils with Cognition and Learning difficulties and is currently funded for 9  pupils. 

For a pupil to be supported by the SRBP, they must have an Education Health Care Plan, with either Vision Impairment as their Primary Need or a significant Cognition & Learning Need.  It is also expected that they are able to spend up to 50% of their time unsupported in the mainstream classes.

What is meant by the term Specialist Resource Based Provision?

 The Specialist Resource Based Provision (SRBP) at Reculver C.E. Primary School provides additional and different opportunities for pupils to experience alternative curriculum activities which are above and beyond the offer of the mainstream primary school classes. Pupils are able to access specialist input in a separate designated area according to their individual needs, for example, from an Occupational Therapist or Speech and Language Therapist. Some specialist teaching of an alternative curriculum is also carried out on an individual basis according to the individual pupil’s needs. All pupils are given the opportunity when appropriate to be taught either in the classroom alongside their peers or in other communal activity areas adjacent to their classroom.

The School encourages positive inclusion of our pupils in the SRBP in all aspects of School life.  We feel strongly that the whole school community benefits from having the SRBP on site and that it epitomises the work we do as a Church of England School.

SRBP pupils routinely take part in school productions, become members of the School Council and join all school trips, including those to Residential Activity Centres.

Our SRBP pupils are fully included and make many friends amongst their peers. When appropriate to do so we encourage the pupils to increase their levels of independence and to develop their self-advocacy skills, so that they learn to identify when they need help, what they need to help them and how to ask for it

What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, Reculver C.E. Primary School?

At Reculver C.E. Primary School we feel that having as much information as possible about a pupil is key when deciding on the most appropriate support for them. We regularly liaise with a range of external agencies and we will follow the guidance they give.

We will always seek consent before referring a child to an outside agency for advice on their additional needs.  We encourage parents to allow agencies to share information with a key member of staff at school.

Our experienced school staff are aided by access to the support offered by many organisations and charities, some of which are mentioned below:

NHS and Private Speech and Language Therapists

  • NHS and Private Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists from the Children’s Assessment Centre at Kent and Canterbury Hospital
  • Consultant Paediatricians from various hospitals
  • Specialist Teaching and Learning Service for Cognition and Learning, Social Emotional and Mental Health, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Physical Difficulties etc.
  • Educational Psychologists
  • School Nursing team.
  • Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Deaf CAMHS
  • Child Counsellors
  • Play Therapists
  • Early Help Team
  • Social Services
  • Charitable organisations
  • Down Syndrome Association

In addition to the above, the SRBP now has access to regular and on site services of a Speech and Language Therapist and an Occupational Therapist who are accessible to those SRBP pupils who have this support identified on their Educational Health Care Plan.

How is Wellbeing of pupils promoted in the school?

The Wellbeing Manager works with pupils on an individual and group basis with the aim of raising their self-esteem and feelings of wellbeing.  The Wellbeing Manager, Paul Grainger works closely with the rest of the staff at Reculver who have a responsibility for the wellbeing of all pupils.

Mr Grainger is a qualified Child Counsellor and holds an Advanced Diploma in Counselling, a Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents, A Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. His email address is: He is happy to answer any queries you may have about the wellbeing of pupils in the school.  Paul Grainger also makes referrals to Early Help and liaises with support organisations and Social Services as part of his role as Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) so that he can facilitate a wider range of support for pupils and their  families when needed.

How does the school promote the Wellbeing of its pupils?

At Reculver C.E. Primary School we recognise that pupils occasionally face social and emotional challenges which can impact negatively on their learning.  For these more vulnerable pupils our involvement might need to be intensified, and to this purpose we run social skills, nurture and self-esteem groups including the popular “Chill-out” club that is held every lunchtime under Mr Grainger’s supervision .

The teaching staff and the Senior Leadership Team have completed a course run by the Family Links Charity to enable the whole school to be recognised as a Nurture School.

Whole school staff training has also been delivered by the Virtual School on the subject of Attachment Disorder and how to best support pupils with such needs.

For more details of the specific services, facilities and experiences that we provide at Reculver C.E. Primary School, as well as some exciting new developments, please feel free to explore the pages on the left and also the links below: