My name is Victoria Daniels and I am the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at St Michael’s RC Primary School. I completed the National SENCO award and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) earlier this year, 2022. I have a vast experience of working as a class teacher and senior leader at the school, currently being Key stage 1 lead and Assistant Head. My passion has always been with SEN however and I am delighted to have taken up this post to support children, their teachers and their families in any way I can.
My role in school involves working directly as the SENCO with children with Special Educational Needs and their families/carers in a ‘lead professional’ role. I also work closely with the Pastoral Manager to support children with their wellbeing as well.
In my role I check and implement provision for all children with SEN in all classes in school. I co-ordinate intervention programmes, make referrals and liaise with Outside Agencies as necessary. I also support our pupil’s individual needs to enable them to make progress and also access the curriculum at their own pace.
As the school SENCO, I also work in partnership with parents/carers to help to support both the child and their family. I am able to provide information about different Special Educational Needs and I also direct families to outside support agencies that can help them.
If you would like to book an appointment to see me please ask at the school office.
Miss V Daniels
What is SEND?
Children and young people with Special Education Needs (SEN) have learning difficulties make it harder for them to learn than most children and young people of the same age. These children and young people may need extra or different help from that given to others.
Many children and young people who have SEN may also have a disability. A disability is described in law (the Equality Act 2010) as ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term (a year or more) and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’ This includes, for example, sensory impairments such as those that affect sight and hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy.
Our SEND policy is available for download from our policies page.
Parent SEN Coffee Mornings
Do you have a child with Special Educational Need (SEN) in the school? Come along to our parent coffee mornings for support, a chat and a catch up with Miss Daniels (SENCO). This year we will have some guest speakers who specialise in particular fields to present and give you further support! These will be held in the infant hall. Booking forms and reminders will be sent out nearer the time so that we have an idea of numbers of parents attending. Even if your child does not have a diagnosis, you are welcome to attend.
These will be in the infant hall from 8:30am onwards, with speakers beginning their talks at 9am.
Dates for the year:
Thursday 13th October - Lorraine Lewin on supporting your child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Thursday 8th December - Jo Holdaway on supporting your child with Dyslexia
Thursday 26th January - Lorraine Lewin on support your child with ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Tuesday 14th March - Julia Beck on Sensory processing difficulties/disorder
Terms 5 and 6: Speakers and dates TBC
Coffee Morning Resources/Minutes:
Educational Psychologist (Medway Psychology Service) - Lisa Attwood
Play Therapist (Play2Grow) - Lindsey Simpson
School Nurse (MEDWAY COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE, Snapdragons Children's Centre) - Morolake Arifalo
Occupational Therapist (Simon Worthington Occupational Therapy) - Julia Beck
Speech and Language Therapist - Sarah Post
SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulty) Consultatant - Jo Holdaway
Fortis Trust Outreach Service - provides high-quality support and advice to enable students with SEND to succeed in the mainstream setting within Nurseries, Primary and Secondary schools. Their work is varied and tailored according to the needs of individual schools.
Marlborough Outreach Team - Marlborough Outreach Team is a team of specialist teachers who are able to support children with ASD, Communication and Interaction Needs within the mainstream school setting.
We have been awarded the Inclusive Schools Quality Mark ISQM as proof that we are a fully inclusive school where all of our children and staff are valued no matter what their background or ability. See our wonderful report below!
Medway Local Offer
Medway’s Local Offer gives information and advice for children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.
The Local Offer provides information about the services available to children, young people and their families across Education, Health and Social Care.
Knowing what is out there and having the right information in one place gives you more choice and therefore more control over the services you use.
We have developed our Local Offer in partnership with parents, carers, young people and professionals. This work will carry on as we continue to review the site to make sure that services are easy to find and understand.
The Local Offer will:
- give you information about Education, Health and Care services
- give you information about leisure activities and support groups
- hold all the information in one place
- be clear, detailed, accurate and accessible
- make it easier to find out what you need to know
- help you find the nearest and most suitable services
- make service provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations
Other Support Resources and Useful Websites