Our SENCO is Mrs Jeanette Collier. It is the SENCO’s job to:
- Oversee the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
- Liaise with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after pupil has SEN
- Advise teachers on using a graduated approach to providing SEN support
- Advise on the deployment of the school’s delegated budget and other resources to meet the pupil’s needs effectively
- Liaise with parents/carers of pupils with SEN
- Liaise with and be a key point of contact for external agencies
- Ensure that the school keeps the records of all SEN pupils up to date
- Work with the head teacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements by phoning the school on 01207 232445
More details of the SENCO’s role can be found in the SEN Policy which you can find in the school polices section of our website.
Mrs Eleanor Johnson is has extensive training in speech and language support and intervention and works closely with the SENCO to support children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
Mrs Carol Jackson is trained in Relax Kids and Listening Matters. She works with small groups and individuals across school.
Both Teachers and Teaching Assistants are involved in regular training to support the work they do with children with SEND. This includes having sound knowledge of, for example, dealing with communication difficulties, children on the autistic spectrum and dyslexia.
Teaching Assistants have further specialised training for both these and other areas of need within our school.
Specific training to deliver interventions has included:
- Indicative Provision Guidance (identifying level of need)
- EKLAN-working with children’s Speech & Language difficulties
- Language Link
- Speech Link
- Communicating Matters
- Talk Boost-narrowing the gap between 4 and 7 year olds with language delay and their peers
- SALT – Classroom Strategies
- Supporting children ADHD
- Supporting children with ASD
- Supporting children with Attachment Difficulties
- Supporting children with social and emotional difficulties in a Nurture Group
- Its Good to be Me-developing children’s self-esteem
- Story Links-a programme for child and parent developing communication with school
- Supporting children with movement difficulties-gross and fine
- Write from the start-to develop fine motor and perceptual skills necessary for effective handwriting
- Better Reading Partners
- Team Teach
- De-escalation strategies
- Listening Matters/Connecting with children mentors-4 staff are trained
- Listening Matters/Connecting with children supervisor-2 members of staff received extra training
- Squiggle While You Wiggle/Dough Disco-to develop motor skills
- Talking and Drawing
- Colourful Semantics
- Relax Kids
- Memory Magic
- Nuffield Early Language Intervention Training
- Taming a Tempersaurus
- Zones of Regulation Training
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
External Specialists and Other Bodies
The school enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families.
The external specialists may:
- Act in an advisory capacity
- Extend expertise of school staff
- Provide additional assessment
- Support a child directly
- Suggest statutory assessment is advisable
- Consult with all parties involved with the child
- Durham County Council Local Offer
- Durham SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
- Autism and Social Communication Team
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Cognition and Learning Team
- Educational Psychology Service
- Occupational Therapy
- One Point
- Sensory and Physical Team
- Speech and Language Support
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Services
- Voluntary Community Services (Mrs Thompson or Mrs Collier can be contacted for advice around accessing these services)
How we secure specialist Expertise
Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN. The school funding formula is generated to include financial provision to specifically support pupil’s individual special needs. At South Stanley Infant & Nursery School our notional SEN budget for 2020-2021 is £39, 654.. This funding is prioritised to tailor learning to ensure that all children with special educational needs or a disability make progress. Details of how this money is utilised is provided in our school’s budget and maintained by the governing body.
How funding is used
Any additional funding secured by the school to support individuals may be used in a variety of ways including:
- 1:1 or small group additional support
- Specific equipment and resources
- Using outside agencies
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes of their plan.If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.