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What is a Special Edcational Need?

SEN/D is the acronym for 'Special Educational Needs / Disability'

The SEN/D Code of Practice 2015 gives the following definition of Special Educational Needs:

- 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 or disability if he or she:

• has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

• 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 schools.

Communication and Interaction Needs (C&I)

Communication and Interaction needs can include one or more of the following:

- Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)

- Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

Cognition and Learning Needs (C&L)

Cognition and Learning needs can include one or more of the following:

- Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) e.g. Dyslexia, Dyscalculia

- Moderate Learning Difficulty

- Severe Learning Difficulty

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH)

Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs can include one or more of the following:

- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

- Mental Health Conditions

- Attachment difficulties (including Attachment Disorder)

- Behavioural difficulties and Emotional Regulation difficulties

Physical and Sensory Needs (P&S)

Physical and Sensory needs can include one or more of the following:

- Physical Disability

- Complex Medical Needs

- Hearing Impairment

- Visual Impairment

- Multi-sensory Impairment

- Sensory Processing Disorder


Special Educational Needs Coordinator

We work closely with parents, carers and families to make sure that we can all achieve the best for children with SEN/D and to ensure that we plan provision carefully for children with a wide range of needs. If you have a concern about your child, you should speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance. Following this, it may then be necessary to arrange a meeting with the school's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).

Please use the following contact details to speak with our SENCo if you have a concern about your child or if you are a new parent of a child with SEN/D looking to find out more about our school and the provision we can offer. You may contact the school office to arrange an appointment, send an email directly or you are welcome to have an informal conversation on the school gate at drop off or pick up time.

The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) for St Augustine's Catholic Primary School is:

Mrs. Sarah Thompson

Contact Number: 01303 266578 (School Office)

Email address:

The Local Offer

The Local Offer in Kent

The Local Offer gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families’ information about what support services the local authority have available in their local area:


Watch the video produced by Kent County Council explaining The Local Offer and the process parents can expect from identifying a Special Educational Need to accessing the support available:

KCC Special Educational Needs - Local Offer on Vimeo


IASK is a service which offers free, impartial and confidential advice, information and support to parents of children of children aged 0-25 who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities:

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IASK have produced the following document for parents explaining Kent's Local Offer: 


Useful Links

SEND code of practice:

The Mainstream Core Standards outlines the provision that the local area expects to be made available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities attending mainstream schools. Please see the following guide for parents for more information: