Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
The Skinners’ Kent Academy is committed to all students having access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
The Academy ensures that the educational needs of students are identified and addressed through an early diagnosis of learning needs. This information is used to shape the curriculum, academic and pastoral planning for each student. Wherever possible, all students with SEND are taught alongside their peers.
All teaching and support staff receive regular and up to date research informed training in teaching and learning strategies that ensure progress for all. This includes Quality First Teaching, The Graduated Approach and understanding the specific needs of individual students.
There is an Inclusion Profile and Quick Glance Strategies document for staff to use in their planning. Staff regularly share best practice and what works well for individual students. Each subject has a ‘Planning for Inclusion’ document informed by research and best practice.
Students with SEND are fully included in extra-curricular activities, trips and enrichment activities.
The Academy seeks the views of students and families and promotes links with families through a ‘Family Learning’ programme.
There are a number of initiatives to support students. ‘Haven’ is a quiet place for students at lunch time. The ‘Engagement Hub’ supports students in improving attendance and overcoming anxiety. ‘Aspire’ is designed to support students who need some extra help with the transition from primary to secondary school life especially since COVID-19. Our Forest School programme is designed specifically for students who attend Aspire or our Engagement Hub.
The SEND department work closely with outside agencies such as Kent’s Specialist Teaching Services, Disability Services, Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists.
If you would like to learn more, please contact the SEND team and find our SEND policy, within the policy section of this website.
The Learners with Difficulties and Disabilities SEND Policy (LDD) outlines information regarding the ways in which we ensure all students have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, consistent with the whole Academy curriculum policy, in order to realise their full potential’ make outstanding academic and personal progress and grow to be equipped for their future lives. Provision may change and develop over time. Each Year Group has its own ‘Provision Resource Map’ showing what provision is available to support out range of SEND students.
SEND Management Team
SEND Management Staff
Mr D Rowe, Assistant Principal Inclusion (SENDCO)
Mrs S Newman, Inclusion Manager
Mrs W Fronda, Assistant Inclusion Manager
Mrs H Bampton, SEND Teacher
Useful Contacts & Links
Registered Charity Number 1120898
54 St James Street,
National Autistic Society
393 City Road
London EC1V 1NG
Phone: 0207 833 2299
West Kent: Maidstone SEN Team
SEN Manager: Dave Holland
Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells
30 Kings Hill Avenue
Kent ME19 4AE
British Dyslexia Association
Unit 8, Bracknell Beeches
Old Bracknell Lane
Bracknell RG12 7BW
Phone: 03334 054555
Helpline: 0333 405 4567
8 West Alley
Hertfordshire SG5 1EG
Phone: 01462 455 016
Helpline: 01462 454 986