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Provision for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)


The Pioneer Academy Trust's commitment to ‘putting children first’ and ‘enabling all children to make excellent progress’ as well as Belvedere Infant School's commitment to 'Reach Every Child' lies at the heart of Inclusion. 

Ms J Whysall is the Inclusion Lead at Belvedere Infant School. Her role focuses on co-ordinating the provision for pupils with special needs as it is clearly set out and includes:

  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with special educational needs
  • Liaising and advising fellow Teachers and monitoring provision across the school and in individual classrooms
  • Managing, supporting and training learning support assistants
  • Overseeing and maintaining the records of all children with special educational needs
  • Liaising with parents of children with special educational needs
  • Contributing to the professional development and in-service training of all staff
  • Observing and assessing pupils and planning their provision as appropriate to their needs
  • Liaising with external agencies including the LEA’s support and educational psychology services, health and social services, and voluntary bodies

We have an experienced and enthusiastic Inclusion Team who have a passion for supporting children to  be happy, as independent as they can be and to  reach  their full potential, whatever their starting point in terms of developmental or academic progress. Mrs Salter and Mrs Schlanker, Learning Mentors, both work very closely with Ms Whysall in supporting families and their well-being.

Working together as a parent-school partnership leads to the most successful way of unlocking every child's potential and Ms Whysall and her team operate an open-door policy as much as possible, so please either speak to Ms Whysall, Mrs Salter or Mrs Schlanker at the door, on the playground or alternatively contact them by telephone on 0208 311 9092.

Bexley Local Offer

This website has been co-produced with the help of parents, professionals and young people and is under continuous development. Bexley Local Authority's aim is to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for information and services that support children and young people with special educational needs and disability aged 0-25 years old.

The above link will take you to the 'Ages and Stages' of language development, a guide to the typical stages of speech and language development in babies, children and young people.

Whilst children develop language at different rates, understanding what is typical can help you identify speech and language problems early.  You can also find out how to help your child learn to talk and develop their communication skills.



Bexley Voice run parent and carer workshops to inform and empower - please visit their website for more information.

EIT team - Early Intervention Team 

Bexley Early Intervention and Specialist Advice Service

The Bexley Early Intervention and Specialist Advice Service works with Bexley schools supporting children aged 3 to 18 who need extra help to thrive and progress in school.

The service provides additional support to referred children who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Additional Educational Needs (AEN), and advice and training to school staff.

The service is staffed by the following specialists:

  • Team managers
  • Educational Psychologists(EPs)
  • Social Emotional Mental Health ( SEMH) Support Teachers
  • Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) Support Assistant
  • AEN/SEN Partner
  • SEN Strategic Support Partners
  • Social Workers

Certain staff are bought in by schools and so may not be available to some schools or academies.

The service supports schools with the following:

  • children who are failing to thrive or make progress in school because of issues with special educational needs, or social emotional difficulties
  • children whose lack of progress at school stems from a number of different factors that should be addressed in a co-ordinated way
  • deal with issues as soon as possible, to prevent more serious problems developing
  • help schools and teaching staff with problem-solving and at times working with parents and carers
  • provide specialist guidance and support where this is needed which will, at times, include training for school staff

As well as supporting children and families in terms of early intervention, team members will also:

  • support the Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) process for individual children and young people
  • support the work with children at risk of exclusion
  • support pre-school children with complex needs through the educational psychology service.

Service referrals

Referral is via the school (usually the member of staff coordinating Special Educational Needs/Senco).

After parental consent is gained, children are discussed at regular meetings the schools hold with the team (usually termly).

Bexley Early Intervention and Specialist Advice Service staff will provide advice and recommend a course of action that the school could follow:

  • children may be supported by particular members of the team as needed (parental consent will be gained prior to their involvement)
  • decisions are fed back to parents

Schools will normally contact parents or carers if they feel a child would benefit from discussion at a Bexley Early Intervention and Specialist Advice Service meeting, but parents or carers can ask the school if they wish their child’s name to be raised (though this decision will be at the discretion of the school).

Schools may make emergency referrals to the team under the following circumstances:

  • there is a child / young person new to the school with difficulties
  • in cases where  a child / young person experiences a sudden accident or illness
  • when a child / young person is experiencing traumatic life events

Contact is a charity for families with special needs and disabled children and young people aged 0-25.

They support families with the best possible guidance and information.

They bring families together to support each other.

They help families to campaign to improve life for themselves and others.

Telephone: free help line 0808 808 3555

Website: https://www.contact.org.uk/ or click on image


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