Special Educational Needs

At Barham School we are pleased to make provision for every kind of frequently occurring special educational need, such as physical disabilities, dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language needs, autism, learning difficulties, social, emotional and mental health difficulties and behaviour difficulties. There are other kinds of special educational need which do not occur as frequently and with which the school is less familiar, but we can access training and advice so that these kinds of needs can be met.

Pupils with special educational needs at our school may receive school support or have an Education Health Care Plan. We work closely with families and a range of outside agencies, such as speech and language therapists, specialist teachers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to ensure our pupils are well supported and are completely included in school life.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Michelle Anderson. She can be contacted at the school through the school office (01227 831312).

The following documents, which are all published on the policy page of the school website, provide further information:

The SEN and Disability Policy provides information about our admission arrangements for pupils with disabilities, how we ensure pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are included and the facilities we provide for pupils with SEN and disability.

Our SEN and Vulnerable Groups Report explains how the school has implemented its policy during the past school year.

The Accessibility Plan details ways in which the school is working to improve the physical environment and the extent to which pupils with disabilities are able to access the facilities and curriculum.

The website below gives further information about support services available in Kent:

Kent’s Local Offer is available to view on Kent County Council’s SEND Information Hub web page. A local offer gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families information about what support services are available in their area.


The Mainstream Core Standards document explains what schools must do to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities so that they are included in all

aspects of school life (or are as included as they wish to be), make progress and are happy in school.