Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
St Augustine Academy is committed to providing a highly inclusive learning environment. We have high expectations for all pupils including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and/or Additional Needs. We aim to provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our pupils can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued.
All teachers are required to adapt their lessons to ensure all pupils are able to access the curriculum. Each learner identified as having SEND, are entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a normal differentiated curriculum. The type of support is dependent on the individual learning needs, and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified, and will be documented through a pupil passport. Our approach is needs-based, as it is our belief that no two children are the same.
We implement a graduated whole school approach to provision. This graduated approach is embedded in the Mainstream Core Standards; which is advice developed by Kent County Council to ensure that our teaching conforms to best practice; further information shown in SAA Access Policy & SEND information report.
In addition to our mainstream SEND provision; St Augustine Academy has a SEN Resourced Provision for ASD needs - The ARC (Autism Resource Centre) for pupils that have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) with autism identified as the pupils primary need. Pupils with placements in The ARC are full members of the St Augustine Academy community.
The SEND team liaise closely with parents, carers, teaching staff and other professionals (SEND Parent Communication) maintaining strong links between our individual pupils and their wider support network in effort to achieve positive outcomes for our youngsters with the most complex needs.
We are proud that inclusion is a thread that runs through everything that we do and it is rooted in our school’s core values of Courage, Compassion & Community.
St Augustine Academy is proud to be working with The Education People’s Specialist Employment Service to embed the supported employment model, adding value across all current careers provision. The contract aims to raise aspirations for SEND students and further enhance schools careers information advice, and guidance programme. The supported employment in schools contract will help mainstream schools across Kent support SEND students through transition and to prepare them for the world of work and into sustainable careers.