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SENDCO: Harriet Barnes

Contact via or  01227 721300

We have a very strong ethos of inclusion for all children at Wickhambreaux School and all staff and children celebrate the neurodiversity of our school community expressing …

‘It’s good to be you at Wickhambreaux’ 

To ensure equality for all, the staff, parents and children work closely together ensuring that the child is at the centre of all we do and that there holistic learning and well-being is considered throughout.

We recognise that every teacher is a teacher of SEND and accountable for the progress of all pupils in their class through embedding Quality First Teaching and the Mainstream Core Standards. Please click on the blue button below to view. We further utilise the expertise of all our staff to in ensuring equality and progress for all children. We benefit from the expertise of Ms Redmond who, along with being our English Subject Lead, provides several interventions to support children experiencing challenges with reading: 

Reading Intervention (Specialised Literacy Lessons-SLL) support is provided for Year 1 and 2 pupils, who are finding it most difficult to keep up with their peers in class.  This highly effective intervention enables them to reach age expected levels within around 20 weeks of the programme delivery via a short series of one-to-one individualised literacy lessons.  This is based on the Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals model, which is rooted in the extensive research of Marie Clay (2016) whilst also incorporating the school's validated synthetic phonics' programme, Monster Phonics, to enable these pupils to 'catch-up' with their peers as quickly as possible.

We also provide The Better Reading Partnership (BRP) sessions, which serve as a boost to readers who are just falling a little behind their peers in class, in reading.  This is delivered by specially trained adult Reading Partners, reading with the children in 2 one-to-one sessions per week for 15 weeks and is loosely based on the Reading Recovery model.  The Reading Partners support specific reading strategies and closely monitor their children’s progress to ensure that the level of textual challenge is perfectly matched, thus enabling rapid progress towards becoming even better readers. 

Our Inference Training intervention is highly effective in supporting older children who read well, but require additional support with getting the full meaning and enjoyment from their reading. This programme is rooted in the research by Yuill and Oakhill (1988) and enables significant progress in reading comprehension abilities.   It is delivered in small groups of around 4 pupils, twice a week and lasts for 8-10 weeks. 

Mrs Maisey, our music specialist teacher delivers music therapy and Mrs Barnes has completed the FSA level 3 Forest School qualification which enables her to run Forest School sessions for all children throughout the year. 


My role as SENDCO is to support the team in meeting the needs of all pupils through working collaboratively with all staff, pupils, parents and external agencies. As SENDCO I have completed the National Award for SENDCO as well as becoming an Autism Champion, Elklan Speech and Language support, Well-being and mindfulness mentor and am a Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

Should you require any further information my email is 


Below are some further links that parents may find useful including the ‘Kent Local Offer’ which provides information for parents and carers to find out about local services that support children with Special Educational Needs and or Disabilities.

Please click on the pink button below labelled ‘Kent Local Offer’. 

For further information on specific educational needs and support guidance, please click here

Glossary of SEN terms

Please use these links for further information on specific educational needs and support guidance. 



Link to National Autistic Society -  

Link to Kent Autistic Trust -  


Dyslexia Support 

Link to Brisitsh Dyslexia Association - 

Link to Dyslexia East Kent Support -  



Local Authority SEND Strategy 



Parent Supports - Information, Advice & Support  


SNAAP - Special Needs Advisory and Activities Project  



Speech & Language Services Kent  

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