Additional education Needs

Inclusion and Wellbeing support for pupils at Reculver C.E. Primary School

What is Inclusion in our school?

At Reculver C.E.Primary School we welcome everyone into our community.  Reculver School endeavours to make available truly inclusive provision to ensure that all pupils, including those pupils identified with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, can enjoy and benefit from a broad and balanced education.  We provide all pupils with access to the National Curriculum at an appropriate level, so that each pupil may achieve their full potential.

Every pupil at Reculver Shool is very much an individual and their needs are assessed as such.  We welcome any child, and endeavour to maintain a secure and supportive working relationship with parents and carers.

Who is responsible for the pupils with Additional Educational Needs?

The member of staff with overall responsibility for pupils with Special Educational needs is Mrs Fiona Cunningham who has the role of Inclusion Manager.  She is a qualified teacher and holds the National Award for SEN Coordination.  She is currently studying for the Mandatory M Phil Postgraduate qualification to become a Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired (QTVI).  Her email address is: and she would be happy to answer any queries you may have about Inclusion in our school.

We are proud of our ethos of Inclusion at Reculver.  This is shared by all our staff who each feel it important to take responsibility for the inclusion of all our pupils, whatever their Special Educational Need or Disability.

What support do you offer pupils with Visual Impairment and / or Cognition & Learning needs?

Reculver School has provided a Specialist Resource Based Provision (SRBP) for pupils with a Vision Impairment since the 1990s.   The SRBP has also recently been expanded to meet the needs of pupils with Cognition and Learning difficulties and is currently funded for 10 pupils.  There is the potential to increase to 15 places in 2017.

For a pupil to be supported by the SRBP, they must have an Education Health Care Plan, with either Vision Impairment as their Primary Need or a significant Cognition & Learning Need.


What is meant by the term Specialist Resource Based Provision?

The Specialist Resource Based Provision at Reculver School differs from a Unit or Department within a School. Pupils are not routinely withdrawn for specialist input in a separate designated area.  Some specialist teaching of an alternative curriculum is carried out on an individual basis according to the individual pupil’s needs.  Whenever possible all pupils are taught either in the classroom alongside their peers or in other communal activity areas adjacent to their classroom.

The School encourages positive inclusion of our pupils in the SRBP in all aspects of School life.  We feel strongly that the whole school community benefits from having the SRBP on site and that it epitomises the work we do as a Church of England School.

SRBP pupils routinely take part in school productions, become members of the School Council and join all school trips, including those to Residential Activity Centres.

Our SRBP pupils are fully included and make many friends amongst their peers.

What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, Reculver C.E. Primary School?

At Reculver School we feel that having as much information as possible about a pupil is key when deciding on the most appropriate support for them. We regularly liaise with a range of external agencies and we will follow the guidance they give whenever possible.

We will always seek consent before referring a child to an outside agency for advice on their additional needs.  We encourage parents to allow agencies to share information with a key member of staff at school.

Our experienced school staff are aided by access to the support offered by many organisations and charities, some of which are mentioned below:

NHS and Private Speech and Language Therapists

  • NHS and Private Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists from the Children’s Assessment Centre at Kent and Canterbury Hospital
  • Consultant Paediatricians form various hospitals
  • Specialist Teaching and Learning Service for Cognition and Learning, Social Emotional and Mental Health, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Physical Difficulties etc.
  • Educational Psychologists
  • School Nursing team.
  • Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Deaf CAMHS
  • Child Counsellors
  • Play Therapists
  • Early Help Team
  • Social Services
  • National Deaf Children’s Society
  • Down Syndrome Association
  • Clic Sargent

In addition to the above, the SRBP will shortly be able to access regular and on site services of a Speech and Language Therapist and an Occupational Therapist.

How is Wellbeing of pupils promoted in the school?

The school has developed the role of the Wellbeing Manager who works with pupils on an individual and group basis with the aim of raising their self-esteem and feelings of wellbeing.  The member of staff with overall responsibility for the Wellbeing team is the Wellbeing Manager, Paul Grainger who works closely with the rest of the staff at Reculver who all have a responsibility for the wellbeing of all pupils.

Mr Grainger is a qualified Child Counsellor and holds a Diploma in Children and Adolescents qualification.  His email address is: He would be happy to answer any queries you may have about the wellbeing of pupils in the school.  Paul Grainger, also makes referrals to Early Help, liaising with support organisations and Social Services as part of his role as Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) so that he can facilitate a wider range of support for pupils and their  families when necessary.


How does the school promote the Wellbeing of its pupils?

At Reculver School we recognise that pupils occasionally face social and emotional challenges which can impact negatively on their learning.  For these more vulnerable pupils our involvement might need to be intensified, and to this purpose we run social skills, nurture and self-esteem groups.

The teaching staff and the Senior Leadership Team have completed a course run by the Family Links Charity to enable the whole school to be recognised as a Nurture School.

For more details of the specific services, facilities and experiences that we provide at Reculver School, as well as some exciting new developments, please feel free to explore the pages on the left and also the links below: