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Supporting Children in Kent with Special Educational Needs and Disability

STLS Sevenoaks

The Sevenoaks Specialist Teaching and Learning Service is based at Valence School in the beautiful Kent countryside near Westerham 

We work within the KCC STLS service vision, aiming to work alongside fellow professionals in maintained schools in Kent to:

  1. Raise standards

  2. Close attainment gaps and improve children's progress

  3. Promote inclusion and prevent exclusion

  4. Build SEND capacity in early years settings and schools

  5. Reduce the need for statutory assessment and Education, Health and Care Plans

  6. Ensure full access to learning for all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in our early years' settings and schools

Each year we set Area and District priorities so that we have a joint approach across the North District of Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham.

Sevenoaks District / Area Priorities for 2019-20:

  • To seek greater involvement and to improve communication with multi-agency professionals in order to promote a more joined-up approach to supporting parents of children and young people on the ASD pathway
  • To support schools and settings to manage well-being and good mental health for staff and children and young people
  • To empower and support Early Years' settings to meet the needs of children with complex SEND by promoting the revised SEND Offer and Best Practice Guidance, including a greater understanding of the specialist nursery provision in Sevenoaks