The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Special Education Needs (SEN)

All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their additional educational need.

We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.

The Information, Advice and Support Kent (IASK) offers support and advice for parents - and families of disabled children - and children with SEN.  Use this link to find out more https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs/assessments-and-statements-of-special-educational-needs/who-to-contact/Information-Advice-and-Support-Kent

Listed below is a brief overview of the key additional programmes we deliver to support all learners, where appropriate. If you wish to discuss your child’s support programmes please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher or

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators:

Miss Alison Simmonds (KS2) Miss Rachel Aitken (EYR & KS1)

Dyslexia

Dyslexia friendly classroom practices are reflected throughout the school.  Staff are supported to ensure they are meeting the needs of dyslexic children and we seek the advice of the Educational Psychology Service where appropriate.  You can read more about dyslexia by visiting the British Dyslexia Association where you can read their latest newsletter.  Other websites that might prove useful are Kent West Dyslexia Association and Dyslexia Action. 

Gifted and Talented
We aim to ensure that children who display exceptional gifts and talents are provided for. Every year, the children with exceptional gifts and talents are identified by members of staff as well as their families. This process enables the school to ensure that provision is in place to challenge and enrich the learning of this group of children. The school works to offer a variety of enrichment opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, and aims to harness and develop the gifts and talents that our children display.

Speechlink
A speech programme which targets sounds that children have difficulties in producing. Children are tested within the school using this specialised computer programme and then the class teacher or teaching assistant delivers the suggested individualised programmes. There are occasions when the tests show that a child needs to be referred to a Speech and Language Therapy for additional guidance and/or intervention.

Speech and Language
Individualised programmes submitted by a Speech Therapist assigned to this school which is delivered by the class teacher or teaching assistant. These are for children who have been referred, by the school or by a medical professional, to be assessed by the Speech and Language Therapy Service. These programmes can include speech sound production, language development and social skills, depending on the child’s needs. The school assesses the speech and language of all reception children on entry to school using language link and speech link.  We may refer them to speech and language or implement a programme to be delivered inschool by a specially trained teaching assistant.

EAL - English as an Additional Language
This is for children who have a first language other than English and may need further intervention with their English language understanding in order to aid their academic development.

Fizzy
The Fizzy programme has been developed by Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. It is graded and measurable in three stages and works on three specific areas- balance, ball skills and body awareness.

Emotional support/counselling
This intervention is accessible to all pupils who may be experiencing difficulty with some aspects of home/school life e.g. a family bereavement which may impact on their school life.  The Village Academy employs a fully qualified counsellor to support pupils.

Anger management
This is provided to help young people understand why they are angry and how to deal with it in a positive and safe way.

Fine motor skills
Fine motor skills are vital to the development of many competencies in young children. Activities are divided into sections focusing on warming up, hand and finger strength, manipulation and eye-hand co-ordination. A programme called Clever Fingers is used for this purpose.

Nurture

Nurture provision is a short term, focused intervention for children with identified social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which are creating a barrier to learning.  At Lydd, Nurture can be as little as a temporary learning break for children who just need a bit of pastoral support or it can be a part of the child’s EHC plan and deliver specific activities to help the child meet identified targets.    

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends is an intervention to help support children who are experiencing social difficulties. It works by developing a support network around a focus pupil and enabling their peers to provide support and engage in problem solving. The leading adult meets with the circle and the focus pupil for around 20-30 minutes weekly, identifying targets to work on and providing ideas and support to help overcome social difficulties whether this is in the playground or in the classroom.  

If you wish to discuss any of the above or a specific issue regarding your child, please contact the School for further information and advice.