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Special Educational Needs

Loose Primary School is committed to providing an inclusive education for all young people, regardless of ability, gender, language, ethnic or cultural origin. We work effectively with a wide variety of agencies and individuals to focus on improving outcomes for all children with Special Educational Needs. 

What are special needs?

Special educational needs could mean that a child has:

  • learning difficulties – in acquiring basic skills in school
  • emotional and behavioural difficulties – making friends or relating to adults or behaving properly in school
  • specific learning difficulty – with reading, writing, number work or understanding information
  • sensory or physical needs - such as hearing or visual impairment, which might affect them in school
  • communication problems – in expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
  • medical or health conditions – which may slow down a child’s progress and/or involves treatment that affects his or her education.

Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. Teachers take account of this in the way they organise their lessons and teach. Children making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed.

SEND At Loose Primary School

  • We are committed to raising the standards of attainment for all SEN students through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that is differentiated to meet individual learning styles.
  • We are committed to creating a climate where all staff are aware that they are responsible for students with SEN and plan their lessons accordingly

Please see our SEN Report below giving details about what Loose Primary School offers children with special educational needs.

Our SEN Policy is available via the Coppice Primary Partnership website – please click here.

Please click here to go straight to the Inclusion section of our website.

Read the local authority updated strategy here

Local Offer

Under the Children and Families Bill which became law in September 2014, Local Authorities are required to publish, and keep under review, information about services that they expect to be available for children and young people with disabilities and Special Educational Needs aged 0-25. This is called the Local Offer. The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. The link below will take you to the Kent Local offer:

Please click here for SEND code of Practice

Please click here for Kent SEND Local Offer

Access Arrangements & Equal Opportunities for SEN Children

At Loose Primary School we aim to create an inclusive culture for all staff, children, families and visitors to the school.  We recognise, respect and value people’s differences and ensure that individuals or groups of individuals are treated equally; including ability, disability, race, gender, belief, sexual orientation and age. 

We promote equality and diversity, treating all staff and children fairly, ensuring equal access to opportunities to enable children and staff to fully participate in the learning process and achieve and equip them with the skills to challenge inequality and discrimination.

The school environment includes designated parking and step free access to the school building.  There are designated disabled toilets in both buildings, grab rails around the school so that children can develop independence in self-care skills and Lift access between areas on different levels.  

Please click here for further information on Equality

Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my child’s SEND?

In the first instance you should always speak to your child's class teacher, and then they may advise you to speak to either your phase lead or our SENCO Mrs Joanna Black  

Tel: 01622 743549


Signposting and contacts

Kent Pact (A forum for parents and carers of children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) within Kent local authority)

iask Kent (Free, impartial and confidential advice and support about SEN and disabilities for children, young people up to the age of 25, parents and carers)

IPSEA Independent provider of Special Education Advice

NHS Kent Community Health will direct families to support via their website.

NHS Children’s Therapies, The Pod provides links and videos to support children

National Autistic Society provide Early Bird courses for parents.

Barnardo's provide Cygnet parenting support programme.

Space to be me support children with disabilities and SEND in Kent.

Young Minds offers information and advice on wellbeing.





Get in touch

Loose Primary School,
Loose Road, Loose, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9UW

01622 743549