Special Educational Needs

At West Borough Primary School we pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive school

West Borough Primary School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all the children at the school. We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs have an entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life.

We believe that all children should be equally valued in school. We do not tolerate prejudice and discrimination, and work to develop an environment where all children can flourish and feel safe.

We are committed to the inclusion of all children. We aim to encourage a sense of community and belonging, and to offer new opportunities to learners who may experience difficulties.

We believe that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment and background. We pay particular attention to the provision for and the achievement of different groups of learners:

  • girls and boys,
  • minority ethnic and faith groups, travellers, asylum seekers and refugees
  • learners who need support to learn English as an additional language (EAL)
  • learners with special educational needs
  • learners who are disabled
  • those who are more able and talented
  • those who are in the care of the local authority
  • others such as those who are sick; those who are young carers; those who are in families under stress.

Meet the team:

Mrs Gemma Jury-Sofi

Mrs Gemma Jury-Sofi

SENCo

Assistant Headteacher/DSL

You can contact Mrs Jury-Sofi via the school office or by emailing senco@west-borough.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs Frankie Kelly

Mrs Frankie Kelly

Pupil Premium Champion/Well-Being Lead

Assistant Headteacher/DSL

(Tues, Weds, Fri)

Mrs Sara Burtwell

Mrs Sara Burtwell

Family Liaison Officer

DSL (Mon-Weds)

Miss Charlotte Berry

Miss Charlotte Berry

Thrive Practitioner

Mrs Emma Jarvis

Mrs Emma Jarvis

English Lead

Specialist Reading Teacher

Mrs Hazel Blackman

Mrs Hazel Blackman

Specialist Writing Teacher

Mrs Julie England

Mrs Julie England

Nurture Practitioner

(Mon-Thurs)

Mrs Lisa Sorrentino

Mrs Lisa Sorrentino

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Miss Katherine Buckley

Miss Katherine Buckley

Year R LSA

Mrs Galya Illieva

Mrs Galya Illieva

Year 1 LSA

Mrs Becky Cradduck

Mrs Becky Cradduck

Year 2 LSA 

Mrs Frances Massbery

Mrs Frances Massbery

Year 2 LSA (Mon-Weds)

Ms Nadine Akbar

Ms Nadine Akbar

Year 2 LSA

Miss Jess Brown

Miss Jess Brown

Year 3 LSA

Miss Jess Holliday

Miss Jess Holliday

Year 4 LSA

Mr Ross Bampton

Mr Ross Bampton

Year 5 LSA (Mon/Weds)

Year 5 LSA (Tues/Fri)

Mrs Emily Lawrence

Mrs Emily Lawrence

Year 6 LSA (Mon-Weds)

Bea

Bea

Bea

School Dog

Thrive

The Thrive Hive

Inside the Thrive Hive

What does it take to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning? Recent advances in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development have provided some of the answers to this question.

The Thrive Approach uses this research to provide a powerful way of working with children that supports social and emotional development. It can also support children who may have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.

We have decided to use this approach to ensure all children at West Borough have the best chance possible to be the best learner possible. We are using Thrive-Online to screen children in their class. The results will help us to plan our social and emotional curriculum. We will adapt what we teach to best meet the needs that are indicated.  Miss Berry, one of our SEN TAs has been trained as a Thrive Practitioner.

Nurture

The Nurture Den is a place where children can address the social and emotional needs that can become a barrier for their learning. It has been proven that children need to feel emotionally secure in order to learn effectively.

Nurture uses six principles as our foundations.

  1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  2. The classroom offers a safe base
  3. Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem
  4. Language is understood as a vital means of communication
  5. All behaviour is communication
  6. Transitions are significant in the lives of children

Through Nurture we aim to develop positive social experiences and relationships with peers and adults. To provide opportunities to understand emotions and develop children’s self-worth, confidence, trust and adaptability. We will support children to understand their emotions and behaviours and develop strategies to self-regulate these emotions and anxieties.

Be kind, be safe, be responsible and embrace challenge