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Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, Westfield Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 5PA


Mrs Sarah Bond is the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SEND-Co) at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery. She leads a dedicated team of inclusion staff who support all children with additional needs; these include Learning Mentors, Family Liaison Officer, Speech and Language Teaching Assistant, two Welfare Officers, Inclusion Assistants and a team of supporting adults.

The school is a designated mainstream specialist provision for children with physical disabilities. Our facilities include carefully designed care suites, a sensory and soft play area with disabled accessibility throughout the school. As an inclusive school we ensure that all children are catered for within the whole school community, with access to all areas of the curriculum, including breakfast and after school clubs.

At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery we work closely with The Foreland Fields School. Class 'GS', is a Foreland group of children, whose learning day is spent either within a specially designated classroom or one of our mainstream classes. Many firm friendships have been made between the mainstream and special school children, and these friends are often invited to special events happening at the The Foreland Fields School or at Garlinge Primary.

It is recognised that many children will experience a time when they may have an additional need during their primary school experience. Depending upon the need, a member of the inclusion team will assess and provide the necessary support to ensure that the child's needs are being addressed. Our Well-Being Team will be there for children who are struggling both academically and emotionally.

The schools positive behaviour policy is inclusive, understanding that all children are different and implements approaches that fully support behaviour that is conducive to learning and promotes a child's progress. Regular communication with parents/carers ensures that they are fully informed and able to support their child with a consistent approach from both school and home, enabling the best outcomes for children at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery.

Please see our policies page for further Inclusion policies.

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Support Special Educational Need (SEND) at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery

At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery we have ‘inclusion at our heart’ and we work to include all children in every aspect of school life.  All staff are aware of SEND within the school and receive high quality information and training. We aim to quickly identify pupils who are making limited progress and provide targeted interventions and support to meet their needs. We ensure that parents are fully aware of the SEND process and informed of their child’s learning regularly throughout the year.  At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery we ensure that our learning environment is developing to meet the needs of our pupils. We aim to continue to learn and develop our understanding of SEND across the school to meet the needs of all pupils within our care.

Our Inclusion Team

Here at Garlinge we have a skilled team of people to work with pupils, parents, staff and outside agencies in order to support pupils with additional needs the best we can.  These include:

·         2 Special Educational Needs Coordinators

·         An ASD Special Resource Provision Lead Teacher

·         A Family Liaison Officer

·         2 Safeguarding Officers

·         2 Speech and Language Teaching Assistants

·         A Nurture Practitioner

·         2 Learning Mentors

·         An Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

Social, Emotional, Mental Health Needs
We have a range of school support for pupils with SEMH needs. These include: 

Learning Mentor support; Nurture Practitioner support; Emotional Literacy support; Drawing and Talking Therapy; Lego Therapy; family support through our Family Liaison Officer and referral to Emotional Wellbeing Support Practitioners.

We currently use a dyslexia screener in school to identify pupils who may show traits of dyslexia. Please note that this is not a diagnostic tool, however it supports staff and parents/carers in making further decisions in how best to support their child with their learning. We use the Mainstream Core Standards to ensure we teach in a dyslexia friendly way. If you wish to know more about this please speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance.

At Garlinge Primary School we use a range of interventions in school to support pupils with their learning. The intervention and delivery will depend on the needs of the child. These include:

·         Little Wandle Phonics 

·         Maths on Track

·         Drawing and Talking

·         Lego Therapy

·         Attention Bucket

·         Emotional Literacy Support

·         Precision Teaching

Four Main Areas of SEND

If your child has been identified as having SEND, it will be determined which of the four areas will be their main area of need. We refer to the Mainstream Core Standards to adapt and meet learning needs. We follow the process of assess-plan–do-review alongside parents/carers to determine the next steps for your child.
Communication and interaction
·         ASD

·         Speech, learning and communication (SLCN)

Cognition and learning
·         Specific learning difficulty (SpLD)

·         Mild to moderate learning difficulty (MLD)

·         Severe learning difficulty (SLD)

Social, emotional and mental health
·         Children and young people with SEMH may have the following mental        health difficulties: anxiety; withdrawn or feeling isolated; school avoidance; behaviour dysregulation

·         ADHD

   Sensory and/or physical
·         Visual Impairment (VI)

·         Hearing Impairment (HI)

·         Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)

·         Physical Disability (PD)


We aim to support and prepare pupils as much as possible for their transition at every point, starting with their transition into our school from nursery to reception all the way to transition into secondary school. We focus on good transition every year as pupils move through the school.  We have strong links with local nurseries and secondary schools and transitions are planned for carefully with their staff.

Further Services

At Garlinge Primary School, we promote very strong links with our specialist teachers who regularly visit school to work with pupils and provide staff with further advice and training.

Our Local Offer:

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) - Kent County Council

We also access a wide range of multi-agency support, such as services  from the NHS speech and language therapists, community paediatrics and occupational therapists, who provide parents/carers and staff in school with the right information to meet pupils’ needs.

Useful NHS links:

Children's Therapies - The Pod | Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Home | NELFT NHS Foundation Trust