SENCO and SEN Staff
Our SENCO is Julia Watson, and she holds the National Award for SENCO’s qualification.
More details of the SENCO’s role can be found in the SEN Policy which you can find in the School Policies section of our website.
Our team includes staff trained in Makaton, TEACH Approaches, PECS, BLAST and Supporting Children on the Autistic Spectrum.
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
- Educational Psychology Consultants
- Speech & Language Consultants
- Occupational Therapists
- Early Years Team
How We Secure Specialist Expertise
We allocate funds from our school budget or through our Community of Learning to secure specialist advice.
Sometimes this funding is used to provide additional support, train staff or provide additional specialist resources. Each year we purchase an SLA with the Educational Psychology service in order that children with difficulties in this area are quickly identified and supported.
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes. Or the Local Authority could provide us with Learning Support Officers (LSO’s) who work 1:1 with a child. Our nursery has been a base school for such staff for many years and as a result we have been able to observe effective practice and access advice and training
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.
More details of the SENCO’s role can be found in the SEN Policy which you can find in the school policies section of our website.