Special Educational Needs


Hello, my name is Sandra O'Neon and I am the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at Bodsham Church of England Primary School. I am in school every Thursday and can be contacted via the school office on

Phone: 01233 750374                                 
Email: senco@bodsham.kent.sch.uk

At Bodsham Church of England Primary School we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve and meet their full potential. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support them on their learning journeys.

Quality First Teaching is the foundation for all learning experiences. However, for some children there may be occasions where further additional support may be needed to help them to access a full academic and social experience and maximise their learning journey.

How we identify pupils who may require additional support

  • Concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers, teaching assistants or the pupil’s previous school.
  • There is a lack of progress.
  • Attainment is below national expectation.
  • There is a change in the pupil’s behaviour.
  • A pupil asks for help.

One of my main roles is to liaise with staff and parents to monitor and plan further interventions, where necessary, and evaluate the impact of these. I meet regularly with a wide range of external agencies including Speech and Language therapists, Specialist teaching and learning service, Educational Psychology, School Nurses, and Early Help. These are all able to offer help, support and specialist advice.

Here at Bodsham Church of England Primary School we believe in working as a team, with the child at the heart of every decision we make.

SEN Report September 2023

Please see our Policies Page for our latest SEND Policy and Accessibility Plan

Parent friendly guide to SEND support

SEND Code of practice 0-25 years

The Code of Practice explains the duties of schools and colleges to provide reasonable adjustments, auxiliary aids, services and support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities; it provides the basis for our work with all children with SEND at Bodsham Church of England Primary School.

Code of Practice link:


The local offer

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires the Local Authority and schools to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25.

The Local Authority refer to this as the ‘Local Offer’. The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will help parents and young people to understand the range of services and provision in the local area and contribute to a more equal partnership in planning for the needs of children with SEND. Follow the link below for more details:

Kent local Offer

Independent information, advice and support – IASK