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Leigh Primary School

Special Educational Needs

We are fortunate at Leigh School to have a team of very dedicated staff working in the SEN department. As SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), Sally Brown relies on the hard work of her team to support pupils with additional needs individually or in groups. 

Some members of staff work with individual children who have Educational Health Care Plans and/or High Needs Funding and require more intensive support in class, while others work with many children on the SEN register that may have difficulties with speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, emotional regulation or the acquisition of literacy/numeracy skills.

Teaching assistants support individual children or small groups of children as recommended by the class teachers.

We are also very fortunate to have the expertise   Kay Coleman who comes into school on a twice weekly basis. Kay works with children who have recognised dyslexic difficulties, supporting through a structured programme of phonics, reading, writing and spelling. In the classroom Teaching Assistants support individual children or small groups of children as recommended by the class teachers or the SENCO.

We also involve outside agencies and therapists via various routes to acquire extra support for any children who have very specific needs. Regular meetings are held with parents and there is an “open door” policy so parents can discuss any concerns as they occur.

Intervention Groups are ways of helping children with specific needs that might not always be able to be fully met within the classroom environment. There are a huge number of groups that run throughout the week here at Leigh Primary School. These include:

  • Sensory Circuits
  • Clever Fingers fine motor intervention
  • Dyslexic Intervention Programmes 
  • Nurture Group (for further details of this group please click here)
  • Pastoral support and social skills groups
  • Speech and Language
  • Clicker 8 
  • Dyscalculia specialist support

Mrs Brown and her team constantly review children's academic and social progress with the class teachers to ensure the right children are receiving the correct additional support.

Useful information and websites for parents:

ADHD Parent Advice

How to help your child with dyslexia

Helping your child at home

Dealing with an anxious child

Ways to encourage reluctant readers

Memory Strategies for Spelling

Handwriting Worksheets

Websites to support learning

Early Help information leaflet for parents

Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice Annual Report Leigh 2021-2022

Kent Local Offer