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Mrs K. Downs

Inclusion Leader


Telephone: 01843 841046



What are Special Educational Needs?


Definitions of Special Education Needs taken from Section 20 of the Children and Families Act 2014:

A child has Special Educational Needs if he or she has learning difficulties that call for special educational provision to be made.


A child has learning difficulties if he or she:


  • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders the child from making use of educational facilities of a kind provided for children of the same age in other schools within the Local Authority.


Birchington CE Primary School values the abilities and achievements of all its pupils, and is committed to providing each pupil with the best possible environment for learning.


If parents and carers have any questions regarding their child's needs please contact. Mrs K Downs our Inclusion Leader who will be happy to discuss them with you.


Many children and young people who have SEND may also have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is ‘……a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’

This definition provides a relatively low threshold and includes more children than many realise: ‘long-term’ is defined as ‘a year or more’ and ‘substantial’ is defined as ‘more than minor or trivial’ SEN Code of Practice (2014, p5).


The Local Authority Local Offer:-

The Local Authority’s Local Offer is published on

Parents and carers without internet access should make an appointment with our Inclusion Leader for support to gain the information they require. 


For further information regarding SEND please see below:-

Useful SEND Links

Autism / ASD - Useful Links

Dyslexia - Useful Links

Dyspraxia - Useful Links

Gifted & Talented - Useful Links
Irlens Syndrome - Useful Links

Tourette Syndrome - Useful Links