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Provision for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)


The Pioneer Academy Trust's commitment to ‘putting children first’ and ‘enabling all children to make excellent progress’ as well as Belvedere Infant School's commitment to 'Reach Every Child' lies at the heart of Inclusion. 

Ms J Whysall is the Inclusion Lead at Belvedere Infant School. Her role focuses on co-ordinating the provision for pupils with special needs as it is clearly set out and includes:

  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with special educational needs
  • Liaising and advising fellow Teachers and monitoring provision across the school and in individual classrooms
  • Managing, supporting and training learning support assistants
  • Overseeing and maintaining the records of all children with special educational needs
  • Liaising with parents of children with special educational needs
  • Contributing to the professional development and in-service training of all staff
  • Observing and assessing pupils and planning their provision as appropriate to their needs
  • Liaising with external agencies including the LEA’s support and educational psychology services, health and social services, and voluntary bodies

We have an experienced and enthusiastic Inclusion Team who have a passion for supporting children to  be happy, as independent as they can be and to  reach  their full potential, whatever their starting point in terms of developmental or academic progress. Mrs Salter and Mrs Schlanker, Learning Mentors, both work very closely with Ms Whysall in supporting families and their well-being.

Working together as a parent-school partnership leads to the most successful way of unlocking every child's potential and Ms Whysall and her team operate an open-door policy as much as possible, so please either speak to Ms Whysall, Mrs Salter or Mrs Schlanker at the door, on the playground or alternatively contact them by telephone on 0208 311 9092.

Bexley Local Offer

This website has been co-produced with the help of parents, professionals and young people and is under continuous development. Bexley Local Authority's aim is to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for information and services that support children and young people with special educational needs and disability aged 0-25 years old.

The above link will take you to the 'Ages and Stages' of language development, a guide to the typical stages of speech and language development in babies, children and young people.

Whilst children develop language at different rates, understanding what is typical can help you identify speech and language problems early.  You can also find out how to help your child learn to talk and develop their communication skills.



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Bexley Local Authority state they will try to keep this information updated, so check in regularly for latest news.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) please visit our dedicated page on the Bexley SEND Local Offer, providing information with easy read guides.

The information includes a recently published Department for Education letter regarding SEN Support and EHC Plan legislation during the coronavirus situation.

Find our more about other services in the borough affected by the pandemic.

Contact is a charity for families with special needs and disabled children and young people aged 0-25.

They support families with the best possible guidance and information.

They bring families together to support each other.

They help families to campaign to improve life for themselves and others.

Telephone: free help line 0808 808 3555

Website: https://www.contact.org.uk/ or click on image


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