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Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Mrs Mitchell is the Senco across the Federation of The Downs and Northbourne Church of England Primary Schools.

Role of our Senco


To include all children and identify their needs as soon as possible.

To provide the opportunities to help them achieve their potential and learn for life.

 Mrs Mitchell

What does Additional Educational Needs (AEN) mean?

It refers to children who have learning, behaviour, physical or medical difficulties that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. Their needs mean that they may need additional support in order to learn effectively.

What happens if the class teacher thinks your child has AEN?

If a child is placed at 'monitor' on the Additional Needs Register it indicates that a teacher has expressed some concerns regarding that child's progress, either academic, physical, sensorial, social, behaviour or emotional.

There are 3 categories of AEN needs in school which can be discussed in further detail with Mrs Mitchell if you have any concerns.

We have an 'open door' policy

What to do if you have a concern

Firstly speak to your class teacher, and then speak to Senco or Headteacher.

The Federation of The Downs and Northbourne is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.