Inclusion and Welfare Team

Inclusion and Welfare Team

At St John's we want to make sure that children are happy, secure and successful. Sometimes children or their families need extra help to make sure of this. There is a team of adults in school who organise and provide additional support for parents, carers and children.

I am Miss Pellant and my role is Head of Inclusion and Welfare.

I work closely with our SENDCO Miss Minnett and your child’s teachers to track your child’s progress in school and organise extra support if your child is falling behind. This support may be provided by adults in school or specialists from outside of school such as Speech and Language Therapists, The Specialist Teaching Service, School Nurse, Paediatrician and educational psychologists. If you think your child may need additional support or you are worried about your child’s progress please talk to the class teacher or make an appointment with the office to see me.

I monitor the children’s attendance at school and meet regularly with the Attendance Assistant and the School Liaison Officer from Kent County Council to discuss any concerns.

As part of my role I ensure that the children in and out of class who are having difficulties with behaviour, learning or emotional needs get the right support.

Let me introduce my hardworking team of professionals that help make all of the above possible...


Miss Minnett: SENDCO

Miss Minnett is our SENDCO and Child In Care Coordinator, she ensures that Care plans across the school and case studies for key children are written and kept updated. In her SENCo role she is responsible for coaching teachers in key strategies to enable progress and success for our SEND children. She assists the class teachers in their provision maps, ensures the SEND provision in classes is of a high quality, writes EHC Plans, and screens and assesses SEND children. Miss Minnett liaises regularly with Miss Pellant and passes on information for any referrals that need completing.

Mrs Buckett: Mrs Buckett- EAL specialist, Teaching Assistant.
Mrs Buckett supports EAL children in personalising their learning either by 1-1 or in small group support. She supports the children to become independent, co-operative and collaborative learners, giving them key strategies to use in class to help them succeed with their learning in a school.


Mrs Pellant: Family Liaison Officer
Veronica provides lots of support for families and children and can help you to access local services such as children centres, Early Help, parenting courses and a listening ear. Veronica also organises fundraising activities for the school. Veronica and/or other members of staff will always be at the school gate at the beginning and end of the day, so please talk to them if you want to talk about your child. She also is our school counsellor and can see up to four children a week. If you feel your child could benefit from seeing Veronica please make an appointment with her to discuss your concerns. Alternatively make an appointment with Miss Pellant.

Mrs Wallace: Mrs Wallace teaches our Bootcamp (extra provision for KS2) and also runs social skills groups for KS2 at lunchtimes.

Shirley Mearing: Creative Arts and Non Directive Play Therapist,
PTUK Clinical Supervision Cert, Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Diploma Kent University

You will find Shirley every Wednesday and Friday morning in the bubble room or out and about around the school giving advice and strategies to staff, meeting with parents/carers or running staff training.

Shirley is a qualified and registered Creative Arts and Play Therapist, and Clinical Supervisor, having gained both qualifications with Play Therapy UK (PTUK). She is a member of the register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists which is managed by PTUK and accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. Shirley specialises in Sand Tray Therapy and holds a Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies gained from Kent University. Shirley brings with her many years’ experience of working with children, young people and their families from within the health, education, social care and voluntary sectors.

Creative Arts and Non Directive Play Therapy is person centered with play and metaphor being the primary medium. The dynamic process that takes place between child and Play Therapist from within a trusting, safe, relationship enables the child to explore issues past and present, conscious and unconscious and uses the child’s inner resources to bring about growth and change. A variety of mediums is on offer to the child to choose from including puppets, imaginative play, creative visualization, therapeutic story, music, Mandalas, clay, sand, paint, and other creative arts materials.

Shirley is a Filial coach: an attachment and relationship focused intervention based in play that helps improve and build positive sustained family relationships.