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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The Local Offer at Meopham Community Academy

The Government has asked all Local Authorities in the UK to publish, in one place, information about the services and provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND).This is known as the local offer.


Further information about the Local Offer can be found on the Kent County Council website:

Our Local Offer

The purpose of our local offer is to inform parents and carers about how we welcome, support and make effective provision for children with SEND. We will keep our local offer under review asking parents what is working well and what they feel needs improving.

Our SEND Information Report outlines how the needs of SEN pupils are met, as determined by the school SEND policy (see below), and the range of provision we offer.

As advised by Kent Education authority, the school adopts a graduated response to Special Educational Needs provision. Details can be found in the Meopham Community Academy Provision Map.

More Information

If you would like to discuss our Local Offer in detail please contact the school office, to arrange an appointment.


Arrangements for Parents of Pupils with SEN to make a complaint

The normal arrangements for the treatment of complaints at Meopham Community Academy are used for complaints about provision made for special educational needs. We encourage parents to discuss their concerns with the class teacher, members of the pupil support team, SENCO or Senior Leadership Team, to resolve the issue before making the complaint formal to the Chair of the Governing Body.

Inclusion Team

What do the Inclusion Team do?

Class teachers provide for all the children in their classes, but children with AEN/SEND may need further support for a period of time.

Here at Meopham Community Academy we have an experienced  and highly skilled Inclusion Team, based in the Pupil Support Building. The Inclusion Team offer children support with their needs and use a wide-range of strategies to meet individual pupil's needs whether from an academic, social or emotional aspect.

Introducing the Inclusion Team

The provision from the Inclusion Team may include:

  • co-ordinating and running interventions for social, emotional and communication assistance as well as Maths and English intervention groups;
  • 1:1 mentoring both in- or outside of the classroom;
  • providing advice and an opportunity to have time to talk with an adult;
  • adding individuals to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) register so that they receive the support they require in school;
  • referring children's cases to outside agencies for more specialist involvement.
  • guidance for pupils and parents.


The Inclusion Team is made up of four key members of staff. Each have different roles and responsibilities as part of the support team as follows:

  • Mrs C Casey- Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion
  • Miss Barnes-Farnham - Family Liaison Officer 
  • Mrs S Hoare - Learning Support Mentor 
  • Mrs L Sverha - School Counsellor 


We also have a school Therapy Dog! His name is Mr Humphrey and he visits school at least 3 times a week.


Inclusion Team Support 

If parents need to speak directly to a member of the Inclusion Team, please contact us via the school office, for the attention of Mrs Casey.