Whom can I contact for further information?

You can contact our Director of Learning Support (Miss L. Stephen) by telephone or email via 01580 764222 Ext 290 or

This area aims to provide you with comprehensive information about how we support learners to maximise their achievement along with our philosophy and approach to inclusion.

For Information on Kent LEA Local Offer

The KCC SEND Strategy can be found here.

Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre – SEND Info Report

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SEND information report covid 19


L Stephen Director of Learning Support (SENCO) 6 hours Nurture teaching per week
S Crawford Key Skills Teacher
S Earl Key Skills Teacher

Hub Staff

M Law Assistant SENCO
R Gerbozy Administrator Mon/Tues/Weds On Leave Term 3
L Hoskins Administrator Weds/Thurs/Fri Maternity Leave
E Owen Administrator Covering LHO Maternity
K Senior Administrator Covering RGE while on leave
D Bridger Exam Access Arrangements Specialist Assessor

Higher Level Teaching Assistants

I Gray HLTA Key Skills Specialist area subjects, SEMH, Family liaison and support
R Layzell HLTA Key Skills Cog and Learning Physical and Sensory Lead
J Cogger HLTA ASDAN Tutoric
E Mason HLTA Communication and Interaction
P Russell HLTA Literacy

Higher Level Teaching Assistants – Cognition and Learning

A Fox HLTA C and L KS3 Eng and Dyslexia Specialist
A Rowe HLTA C and L KS3 Science
M D’Souza HLTA C and L Maths
K Croft HLTA C and L KS4 English 3 days per week
J Ralph HLTA C and L KS4 English 2 days per week
L Norton HLTA C and L KS4 Science

Learning Support Assistants

T Betteridge LSA C and L KS4 Academic Options Mon/Tues
P Wright LSA C and L KS4/5 Vocational Options Weds/Thurs/Fri
S Ruthven LSA C and L Maths
A Harris C and L, C and I and S and P Weds/Thurs/Fri
R Padilla LSA KS3
P Radcliffe LSA KS3
K Chalk LSA KS5
A Faris LSA KS5
S Hawkins LSA
D Fisher LSA
E Ross-Smith LSA Apprentice
L Marsh LSA Apprentice

Individual Needs Assistants

S Hunt Individual Needs Assistant – VI specialism
L Downer Individual Needs Assistant
D Thwaites Individual Needs Assistant

This booklet aims to provide you with comprehensive information about how we support learners to maximise their achievement along with our philosophy and approach to inclusion.

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SEN provision Map 2020 – 2021

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How does the school identify young people with special educational needs?

We work closely with feeder primary schools and ensure we receive all necessary information including attainment data, targets, and support requirements of each pupil. The Director of Learning Support, Assistant SENCO  and members of the Discovery College Team then meet with feeder primary SENCos and the parents of students before they start at Homewood which allows us to get to know the students and identify any areas of concern at an early stage. 

Students complete a number of standardised tests at the start of Year 7, which give us a greater insight into their learning needs. These tests include CATs; reading and spelling tests; Lucid screening and baseline Maths assessments. 

Students are monitored throughout their school career by teachers and our support staff. Any concerns are flagged up and dealt with as quickly as possible. If parents have any queries or concerns, they can contact the Learning Support Department at any time.

How will school staff support the young person?

We provide targeted individual support which may include in class support; a differentiated curriculum; small group and one to one intervention sessions. Students are supported by their College staff, Learning Support staff and teaching staff throughout their time at Homewood.

How will the curriculum be matched to the young person’s need?

Some students are part of our comprehensive Key Skills provision classes  throughout Key Stage 3 (Years 7,8 and 9). Some students also continue to be part of  Key Skills groups during Key Stage 4 also. 

Our Key Skills groups are smaller class settings with a lower student to adult ratio including HLTA/LSA support.  The differentiated curriculum for Key Skills groups provides a nurturing environment in which the building blocks of literacy, numeracy and social skills can be enhanced.  This then in turn helps students access the mainstream curriculum.     At Key Stage 3 this provides a comprehensive provision in all subjects studied along with a Key Skills classroom base and access to our Nurture Room.  The Nurture and differentiated curriculum aspects of Key Skills groups are also continued to Key Stage 4 and 5 through our ASDAN and Study Skills programmes.  In Year 9 some Key Skills students also access study support sessions and our ASDAN Programme focusing on personalised support to develop knowledge and skills for learning, work and life.  Other students are involved in mainstream classes with targeted support then provided in addition when appropriate. This allows us to tailor the learning experiences in key subjects to the particular needs of students.

Students are supported by HTLAs who provide a tailored programmes in literacy and numeracy along with other areas of need such as social communication.  HLTAs may also  differentiate class work according to a students’ needs. In some cases, students will have 1:1 or small group support sessions. 

How will parents know how their children are doing and how to support their child’s learning?

At Homewood we aim to develop close links with parents and carers.  This is very important to us. There are a number of opportunities through the year for parents/carers to talk to staff. In addition, reports in the form of data captures and more detailed subject reports are sent home to parents. Parents and carers are welcome to phone or email staff at any time with concerns, questions or queries. Advice can be sought at any time from individual subjects and the Learning Support Team on how parents can support students at home. 

What specialist services and expertise are available at the college?

The Learning Support Department has worked hard to develop close working relationships with specialist support services available in the local community and through the LEA.

In addition, many of our Learning Support staff have areas of specific interest and expertise such as literacy; Dyslexia; Dyscalculia; Autistic Spectrum Condition; social and emotional needs; physical and medical impairments; social skills and speech, language and communication needs.

The Learning Support Team also works closely with Homewood’s internal Inclusion Team and pastoral support structure, especially our in-house counsellor, mentors, Life Centre, College support staff, Early Help  and Early Intervention staff.

What training do the support staff have?

All LSAs have completed induction training in house and many have achieved Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Supporting Teaching and Learning or more specific qualifications such as the specific Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification or specific Dyslexia Qualifications.   Others will be completing specialist qualifications in the future. 

All staff have received behaviour management training, child protection training and training in specific areas of special educational need. 

Our Learning Support Team meet once a week for training specifically tailored to the needs of students we are currently supporting. These training sessions are led by the Director of Learning Support but are often delivered by a member of our local specialist support services.

We actively encourage staff to attend courses throughout the year, which will enhance our provision. Many of our staff frequently attend training sessions in our extended community, such as sessions delivered by CAHMS or local Special School Providers such as Goldwyn School.

How will students be included in activities outside the classroom and on school trips?

All students are encouraged to join clubs and take part in activities at lunch, break and after school. SEND Support Level students are monitored and special attention is paid to their level of participation. As a Department, we try to ensure that all students can go on trips they would like to attend, by offering support and guidance, including help with costs for Pupil Premium students.

How accessible is the school?

The site team is vigilant in making sure the site is safe for all users including those with disabilities. We have disabled toilets and lifts. We have developed specific support of the EAL for students whose first language is not English. We routinely complete accessibility audits and adapt to the needs of the students on role.  We work closely with our designated Physical Disability Specialist Teacher to ensure our site is as accessible as possible and to enhance provision for students.

How will Homewood support my child to join the school and to transfer to further education?

We have close connections with our feeder primary schools. Students begin visiting Homewood throughout their time at primary school, for a variety of activities such as sports festivals, science lessons and out of hours Master Classes. In this way, they become familiar with the school. 

More specific work with primary schools begins in Year 5 and Year 6. Our Director of Learning Support and other team members gather information from primary schools at this time, and then meet the primary SENCOs to discuss students in more depth. This is then followed by further events for parents and students. The Learning Support Team also spend time visiting students with SEND at their primary school, either in lessons or in a small discussion group.

During the last term of Year 6 we hold a Transitions Week where students get to know the school, teaching and support staff who will be working most closely with them.  Prior to this we hold additional transition sessions for students for whom transition to secondary school is a particularly challenging prospect. 

In terms of Post 16 education and training, we work alongside students and their parents/carers to facilitate the move onto further education by organising visits to local training and education venues, supporting students and parents with applications and any queries they have. We aim for 100% of our Year 11 students on the SEND Register to have a Post 16 college place or to be involved in a development programme.  

A number of SEND students return to Homewood for the Sixth Form.  We are proud of the range and levels of courses available to students in the Sixth Form including vocational qualifications.  We have recently developed a work skills programme for students including those with a high level of SEN need who attend our Sixth Form.  Students continue to be supported academically, socially and emotionally at Sixth Form.

We also work closely with our in-house careers staff and various other youth support agencies to support those for whom Post 16 transition is a daunting prospect.

Whom can I contact for further information?

You can contact our Director of Learning Support (Miss L. Stephen) by telephone or email  via 01580 764222 Ext 290 or

Feedback from Students

“I like having my one to one time with teachers or LSAs because they help me to learn.” 

“Learning Support will always helps you when you are upset or in trouble.”

“I have found Learning Support helpful as if you don’t understand homework in a lesson then they will help you understand it. It then means I can do it.”

“I really like the small group work in Learning Support because I get help and I like having time with somebody that understands me.”

“I like Learning Support because the LSAs help me with work that I find hard and they are always there if you have anything you are worried about.”

“I have only just joined Homewood but having help from Learning Support has helped me in lessons to catch up with work and settle in my new classes.”

“I like being in the small Key Skills class. Doing TTRS and Phonographixs have helped me do better in my other lessons.”

“Having Learning Support at Homewood makes school easier. The LSAs are easy to get on with and are keen to help.”

Feedback from Parents and Carers

“The Key Skills team at Homewood have been excellent, starting from their involvement and flexibility from the transition period. They have always ensured a high level of communication with us and have always supported areas where a flexible approach to our son’s schooling has been required. They are always completely focused on what is best for our son and to ensure he is both happy and comfortable at school. As a result of this support our son has progressed even better than we expected in Key Skills.”



“Our first experience of SEND was not until Year 9. Since then the support and commitment to our daughter’s right to a fair education and continued wellbeing has been incredible. Our trust in them is absolute and we are secure in the knowledge that this will continue right through her education. So much so that we have already made the decision that our daughter will remain at Homewood until she is 18 with their continued support.   Thank you doesn’t seem enough.”

“Ever since starting Homewood my son has received outstanding support in every aspect of his personal well being. His support worker and the Key Skills team have continually gone above and beyond to ensure that all his worries, needs, concerns and niggles are dealt with and sorted out as quickly and efficiently as possible. “


“Nothing is ever too much trouble, no worry too silly or issue too big – we are always met with a positive, can do approach and an instant selection of options and suggestions about how we can make things better. My son knows that he only has to give a look and his support worker knows instantly that something is wrong or he needs help. This is fantastic as he is very poor at communicating how he is feeling and nervous at times to speak about it. “

“I was concerned when my daughter started at Homewood, worrying she wouldn’t cope with the huge changes and social situations. However with all the help and support from Learning Support, all these worries have disappeared. She has become a more confident child due to the reassurance of the team as she knows their door is always open and will listen to her and understand her. Through everything you have put into place to support her needs, all of this has resulted in her feeling able to express herself and work to the best of her ability. A few years ago, I could never imagine she would be doing so well. Many thanks for all your support.”


“The staff at Homewood that work closely with my son understand both his physical and emotional needs.  I am very impressed with the support that he has received from Homewood.”

Includes Us 2 “Zoom Time” Groups

For parents/carers of children with a disability or SEN living in Ashford, Shepway & Dover.

Due to the current need for incresed social distancing measures, Includes Us 2 will be offering a series of “Zoom Time” support groups over the next few months instead of our usual face to face meetings.

For more information, please click here.

Kent Educational Psychology Service

From 2nd November 2020, Kent Educational Psychology Service will be offering free consultaions via video/phone call 30 minutes, where parents/carers can talk to an educational psychologist.

Click here to read the letter.

Online Safety

A Guide on How Not to Be a Screen Zombie

Fake News Online Safety Guide for Parents

Supporting Childrens Mental Health- 10 Conversation Starters for Parents Online Safety Guide

TikTok Online Safety Guide

An open letter

An open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents, families and others who support them from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

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Includes Us 2 “My Time” Groups (Jan – March 2020)

Includes Us 2 “My Time” support groups provide a relaxed and informal space for parents/carers of children with a disability or a special educational need to meet up.

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Revision Planning Sessions

The Learning Support Department are offering revision planning sessions for students taking exams this year.

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Parent Support Sessions

Your space to discuss and learn from an experienced family and behaviour worker Group sessions to support your understanding of your child and to chat to other parents.

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IASK New website launch events 2019 – NORTH KENT

Discovery College Prospectus 2019-20

What is Discovery College?
Discovery College is a place for children and young people in East Sussex and their supporters (relatives, friends and carers) to have new experiences and learn more about emotional wellbeing and particular mental health challenges.

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Employability Conference Poster

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Ashford Parenting Support – September-December 2019

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Ashford Parent – Course Dates – 2019

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Research Request: Animal Therapy for SEN

Are you passionate about animals? And are you also the parent/guardian of a young person (aged 13 to 24) with a diagnosed SEN (i.e. ASD, Aspergers, Learning Disability, Global Delay, or Down’s Syndrome)? If so, you can make a difference by participating in my MSc research on the effect animal therapy has on young people with SEN. But to make this research really valuable, I need as many parents as I can get!

What am I asking? I need 10/15 minutes of your time on three occasions to complete a simple online survey. You can do it in your own home, on your phone, iPad or laptop, and I’ll even email you to let you know when to complete it! All responses will be completely anonymous. Questions are a 1-5 scale answer (i.e. Always — Never) to statements like “My child has trouble sleeping”.

If you can help us make animal therapy work better for teens with SEND, please visit this link for more information and to sign-up:

Revision Planning Sessions

The Learning Support Department are offering revision planning sessions for students taking exams this year.

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Includes Us 2 – New Family Support Service

Includes us 2 has launched a new support service.

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Includes Us 2 “My Time” Groups

Ashford, Shepway & Dover September – December 2018

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Includes Us

Free information workshops.

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Ashford Support Group

The group is for parents and carers of children and young people with Asperger syndrome or Autism. An opportunity for parents/carers to talk and listen to others with similar experiences. To exchange ideas and information and discuss concerns. All welcome, just come along.

Click here for more information.

Parenting Drop in

The weekly Parenting Drop in session is aimed at all parents with children aged 0-25 years. If you have any concerns about your child/children’s behaviour or have found yourself in a challenging situation, please come along for advice, guidance and support. *No appointment necessary*

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Relaxed Prom

Den Day

On the Air with Graham Jones

Looking at special educational needs and what is available & funding shortage! Guests this week are Sally Lees from the TST  and Lucy Stephen from Homewood School.

43 Letters

“The power of networking”, “ICT and learning” & “Supporting TAs”.

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TA Apprenticeships

Lucy Stephen talks about her experience of taking on a TA apprentice.

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Age Appropriate Nuture

Lucy Stephen describes how her school has adapted the nurture group model to support students all the way from Year 6 to post-16.

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Department of Education Home Schooling Resources – including SEND specific resources
A collection of great resources to support young people and their families at home from our own local Inclusion Support Service   – this has a variety of resources on it which we have used  and links to other leading organisations who are also offering advice and guidance.
3 Key Messages for Parents to focus on
Some young people with additional needs may be showing signs of regression or taking steps backwards in their development- please do not worry. The advice below could be of help
If managing screen time is proving to be challenging this may be of help –
Here is a social story about the virus which we have used at school – it may be helpful to revisit it  – this is the social story I have used with the students before lockdown
This document from the Anna Freud Centre may be of help  – it is more detailed than other resources –
Useful Sources of Help for Other Aspects of the Covid19 Crisis
Kent Together are providing support for families
Home essentials

Questions about your child’s return to school?

Heather Woodcock who loves working and supporting parents is available for a very informal chat via Zoom on Friday 16th October at 10:30am-11:30am.

Click here to view the Flyer

Letter from Minister Ford to children and young people with SEND, their families and carers, and those who work to support them

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Joint open ministerial letter from Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, and Helen Whately MP, Minister of State for Care, to children and young people, their families and those who support them.

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The Learning Support Team is really looking forward to all students returning in September but we are very aware that this may be worrying or unsettling for some students.  We hope the resources below will help families work with their young people ahead of our return to Homewood in September.

A workbook to help you think about looking forward to coming back to Homewood in September

Please click here to view the workbook.

Some great advice from a CAHMS worker via You Tube

Guidance for parents

Additional activities, packs and websites which may be of use:

Pupil Voice Anxiety Booklet

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Social Story for Returning to School

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Returning to School Worksheet Social Story – in folder

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Contact the Learning Support Department with any questions, worries or queries via the form below
We would love to see any of the above activities which have been completed by students – please send any photographs or copies of completed activities to Miss Stephen via