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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Mrs Austin is the school's coordinator for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

If you have any concerns about your child's learning needs, initially speak to your child's class teacher.  

Full information on the provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities can be found here

Special Education Needs Provision

In accordance with guidance provided by the SEND Code of Practice (2014), Hope Community School, Sidcup is committed to providing outstanding support for children who have special education needs, disabilities and additional needs, ensuring that all our pupils achieve their full potential. Teaching, learning and pastoral care are designed to provide fair access to personalised learning activities, assessment and social development.

SEN Council member: Mrs Mel Foreman

If you would like to contact any of our SEN team you can do so through our school office.     

Please see below for our accessibility plan, local offer and SEN report. Our SEN policy and Supporting Pupils with Medical conditions policy are available on our policy page

Unfortunately our main school playground is currently not accessible to wheelchairs. If you or your child uses a wheelchair please discuss this with us. 

Bexley Council have a website which is a single place to find up to date Information about Services and Support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disability aged 0-25. All of these services, settings and activities make up Bexley's 'SEND Local Offer'.

Safeguarding

Please note, if you have any safeguarding concerns regarding any child at Hope Community School,  please report your concern immediately to one of the  Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) at the school.

Mrs Anne Wood, Mrs Fiona Verge and Mrs Emma Carvosso. 

The school's safeguarding Governor is Mrs Lynn Mason. 

Autism

Families may find the Autism eye a useful source of information about how they can best support their child. 

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK. Autism is a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways. Like all people, autistic people have their own strengths and weaknesses. Below is a list of difficulties autistic people may share, including the two key difficulties required for a diagnosis.

Social communication and social interaction challenges

Repetitive and restrictive behaviour

Over or under sensitivity to light, sound, taste, or touch

Highly focused interested or hobbies

Extreme anxiety

Meltdowns and shutdowns

FInd out more from this website: https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/what-is-autism