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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 2021-22:

  • To ensure schools and settings have access to a range of training opportunities, including online training, so that they can continue to increase capacity to develop inclusive practice
  • To increase the capacity of the STLS to provide specialised and specific support and advice to schools and settings for the increasing number of children and young people with complex needs
  • To promote the wellbeing of the STLS and to put in place arrangements that protect health of staff and enable them to receive the support required to fulfil their role to the best of their ability