||Medway Local Authority (LA) will move
towards an increasingly inclusive framework, giving more children
with Special Educational Needs (SEN) the opportunity to participate
in educational experiences in mainstream schools.
||The LA holds the view that mainstream
schools should enable most children with SEN to be educated with
their peers in their local community, within the framework of the
whole school policy for the inclusion of pupils with SEN, accessing
the whole of the school’s delegated budget.
||Medway LA will work with mainstream
and special schools to develop collaborative inclusive practices in
support of children whose parents wish them to be educated fully
and appropriately in their local school. This will involve
differentiating, modifying, or in some cases, misapplying the
National Curriculum, and providing or securing professional
development for staff.
||Schools will be supported to organise
and manage the majority of interventions, by their engagement with
external agencies. They will be asked to keep under review the
suitability of the pupils' learning environment and to identify
issues that affect the learning of their pupils.
||Each school must have an explicit,
inclusive SEN policy which states how the school aims to meet the
special educational needs of its pupils in order for them to
develop as full participating individuals in the community. The SEN
Code of Practice requires the school to report on the effectiveness
of the policy.
||All schools are expected as part of
their SEN policy to provide opportunities for staff to train in
relevant aspects of SEN. The LA will support schools in this by
seeking to provide or secure, where necessary, appropriate
professional development programmes.