Special Educational Needs and Well-being
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
At St Michael’s C of E Schools’ Federation, we are proud to provide a safe, stimulating and inclusive learning environment where every single member of our community is valued and respected. Our broad, balanced and creative curriculum provides opportunities for everyone to succeed and achieve.
Our guiding principle is one of inclusion. It is our aim to identify and break down possible barriers to learning. We abide by our school vision (above) and school values of Happiness, Friendship, Perseverance and Respect, to ensure all of our children succeed to ‘Be the Best that they can Be’
It is the responsibility of every teacher to meet the needs of all children in their class, through classroom organisation, teaching materials, teaching styles and differentiation. However, if the pupil does not make adequate progress even after their identified area of need is targeted, then that pupil may be identified as having special educational needs.
The provision for pupils with special educational needs is the concern of the whole school and part of the continuous cycle of assessment and review.
SENCO Contact details -
Janine Wain - Lead Senco - JWain@st-michaels-junior.kent.sch.uk
Vikki Ainsworth - Assistant Senco - VAinsworth@st-michaels-junior.kent.sch.uk
Well-Being at St Michael's
Good mental health and wellbeing is essential for all children. It helps them to learn effectively, cope with day-to-day challenges, and develop into resilient young adults. There are a number of things that we can do to support the mental health and wellbeing in school. For example, we can provide information and resources on coping with stress, anxiety, and depression. We can effectively teach wellbeing strategies and create safe and supportive environments where students feel comfortable discussing their mental health and how to support wellbeing. Miss Ring is specially trained to support discussion and therapy through play.
Additionally, we promote positive thinking and resilience by teaching strategies for positive mental health and wellbeing include the ability to ask for help as well as accept support from others. This is combined with many personal resources that include having a positive outlook, being resilient during challenging times, emotional awareness and having self-confidence.
There is an increased focus on raising the awareness of mental health and making it more ‘acceptable’ for individuals to seek help and gain access to support earlier. Campaigns like Children’s Mental Health Week and Mental Health Awareness Day have helped to reduce the negative stigma that once shrouded mental illness. Thankfully, more children, young people, and adults are now finding the help that they need.
We believe that all children deserve the chance to succeed, feel confident and believe in themselves - we will always strive to do this at St Michaels.