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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Special Educational Needs


Our aim at The Oaks Infant School is that all children will thrive both academically and socially the best they possibly can. For some children to achieve this, it is necessary to provide additional support and/or resources to enable them to achieve well in school. If you would like to talk to our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), Mrs Shaw, you can phone the office to make an appointment to come in, or request a telephone consultation. Alternatively you could email Mrs Shaw is also available to speak to during Parents' evenings.


Mrs Elaine Shaw – Special Educational Needs Coordinator


I am responsible for the co-ordination of Special or Additional Educational Needs throughout the School.  It is my job to ensure that all children receive the support and education they are entitled to. This includes ensuring we are following the Code of Practice and consistently delivering our highest possible quality of provision for pupils with SEND, as outlined in our Special Educational Needs Policy.  I also liaise regularly with staff, parents and other professionals to ensure that children are given the most appropriate support/resources for their individual needs.  A large part of my role is to work closely with external agencies to gain specialist advice and support for individual children, and then to facilitate these recommendations being put into practice in the classroom.


I have a large team that work closely with me and as a team we run a wide variety of interventions throughout the whole school and Nursery. These interventions are monitored closely to ensure they enable the children taking part to make good or accelerated progress towards the set targets.

A list of our relevant policies can be found using the link below. These include the SEN Policy and Behaviour Policy. In the unlikely event a complaint regarding the SEN Provision for your child is decided to be made, it should be done so following the procedure outlined in the Complaints Policy.


In the SEN policy you will also find information regarding:

  • the steps we take to prevent pupils with SEN from being treated less favourably than other pupils;
  • access facilities for pupils with SEN.

For more information on our admissions arrangements for pupils with SEN or disabilities please read the Kent Admission Policy which is on our Key Information Page.

Wonder Woodland

Please read all about our Wonder Woodland curriculum. We are having an amazing time using our school grounds to develop a highly structured nurture based curriculum. You are sure to notice some of the amazing dens and art work hanging from the trees as you walk up the path. We are extremely proud of this additional provision for the children!

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum please email