Strood Academy is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all the children living in our community. At the Academy we believe that all students have learning differences rather than learning difficulties. We are determined to promote inclusion and remove barriers to learning. All children are equally valued in our school. Our inclusive curriculum caters for the needs of all students and we ensure our teachers practice strategies that ensure all students can access their education with success.
The Special Educational Needs Team work together to ensure the guidance in the SEN Code of Practice (2014) and Children and Families Act (2014) is implemented to support our students and ensure they learn in a fully inclusive environment. The work we do is outlined in The SEN Information Report and The Education Authorities Local Offer.
Miss Harriet Carter – SENCo
To view our SEND, Accessibility and Equality Policies, please visit our Policies page.
- SENCo: Miss Harriet Carter
- Working Hours: Full Time (out of class)
- Head of SRP: Mrs Jo Pearce
Questions about your child’s progress?
Parents can contact SENCo or college teams. Our SENCo can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key websites for support and information
- Kent Autistic Trust
- Referral Form for Parents for Medway Young Persons’ Wellbeing Service – NELFT (previously CAMhS)
Note: Referral form to be sent to the following email address: email@example.com
- Medway Council – Education Travel Assistance Policy
Emotion Coaching for Parents
Emotional coaching has been championed in primary and early years, but it can also be the key to creating more emotionally intelligent secondary students who are happier, healthier and even perform better academically.The diagram below guides you through emotion coaching techniques that can be used within families to build better behaviour, create stronger bonds between parent and child and develop emotionally mature young people.
1.) Normalise your emotions
Pay attention to your own feelings, recognise when you are feeling unhappy or when you are feeling great about yourself. Think about how you behave when you feel like this. Now look for the same kind of behaviour from your child and try to identify their mood. Look for specific facial expressions, posture and tone of voice.
2.) Listen to your child
Respect your child’s emotions, try not to be dismissive or controlling of their behaviour. Use moments of intense emotion as an opportunity to learn. Encourage them to talk about their emotions, and share some of your feelings too. Try to intervene and talk before they misbehave, speaking can offer them another outlet for their emotions.
3.) Identify feelings
When speaking with them, name your own emotions and encourage them to do the same. This breaks down the barrier that many children have between their external and internal selves. Naming their emotions helps to sooth them, and building a broader emotional vocabulary will make it easier to discuss these feelings in the future.
4.) Solve problems
If your child misbehaves, and you feel they need to be disciplined – be clear that their actions, not their emotions, are being punished. Talk them through other possible ways to release this emotional energy. Encourage other activities for emotional outlet, like creating art, or doing sports and make a point of rewarding good behaviour you see.