The following links may be useful to you in accessing appropriate timely advice or support:
- National Parent Partnership Network independent,confidential practical support and advice around SEN and your rights; explanations around SEN and procedures; details of support groups; voluntary organisations; youu will find the link to Durham local section)
- Advisory Centre for Education
- AFASIC-Unlocking Speech and Language
- British Deaf Association
- British Dyslexia Association
- Brittle Bone Society
- Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education
- Contact A Family
- Council for Disabled Children
- Cystic Fybrosis Trust
- Diabetes UK
- DIAL UK-Disability Information Line
- Disability Alliance
- Disability Living Foundation
- Dyslexia Action
- Dyspraxia Foundation
- Epilepsy Action
- Family Fund
- Headway national Head Injuries Association
- Huntington’s Disease Association
- IPSEA-(Independent Panel for Special Educational Advice)
- National Association of Citizens’ Advice Bureau
- National Association of special Educational Needs
- National Asthma UK
- National Autistic Society
- National Blind Children’s Society
- National Deaf Children’s Society
- National Eczema Society
- National Federation of the Blind
- National Society for Epilepsy
- Parents for Inclusion
- Physically Disabled and Able Bodied (PHAB)
- Pre-school Learning Alliance
- Royal national Institute of the Blind
- Spinal Injuries Association
- The Stroke Association
- Young Minds
We hope that you find these links helpful. They are not an exhaustive list and we would welcome additional suggestions from parents/carers/pupils.
Links to Other Agencies
At Sedgefield Hardwick, we have forged some extremely effective links in our multi-agency approach to working to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs. We access these through single service referral forms, or through the C.A.F. process (Common Assessment Framework) when parents can decide to consent to a multi-agency approach to their child’s needs/family needs co-ordinated by the key working process.
Some of the agencies we regularly work with are:-
C.A.M.H.S.- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services -Previously, this service could only be accessed following referral from a medical professional (G.P./School Nurse). Recently, SENDCO’s were given the facility to refer to the service directly. C.A.M.H.S. can diagnose and work with children with conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. With parental consent, C.A.M.H.S. will work with us and other professionals to support children, recommending strategies for staff to use in school and providing one to one/group sessions for children to attend.
Hearing impaired Service/Visually Impaired Service-These services can be called upon to support children in educational settings who have hearing /visual impairments respectively. With consent, schools can refer to the service. Staff will train school staff and/or support children and parents directly. We have developed good working relationships with these services and our children enjoy and access their curriculum more confidently through this relationship and the added expertise this gives our staff.
Speech and Language Service (S.A.L.T.)-At Sedgefield Hardwick, we benefit from involvement with the Speech and Language Service . Speech therapists work closely with the teacher and advise on strategies and approaches to include in Provision Maps and I.E.Ps . Wherever possible the speech therapist involved will attend meetings pertaining to these pupils. In addition, following consent given for school or health visitor referrals, therapists attend school to review and assess pupils in the mainstream setting, feeding into IEP’s and sending supportive work packs for school staff to implement to support targets. Therapy Assistants also attend the school to implement blocks of therapy under the guidance of Speech and Language Therapists. This again also allows our staff to access guidance and develop expertise through this in school, hands on approach.
Educational Psychologists (E.P) The school presently has an attached educational psychologist, Mrs. Julia Dixon, who works very closely with the SENDCO. Following consent and referral, the Educational Psychologist assesses and supports individual pupils with special educational needs by providing parents and school staff with detailed reports and suggestions for actions based on identification of need. The educational psychologist is very important in contributing to statutory assessment. In addition to this work, the educational psychologist can and has guided whole school provision mapping through high quality staff training. Our current aim is to initiate a project in developing a whole school enabling environment in which learning styles and tools to facilitate inclusion will be explored!
Occupational Therapy (O.T) Usually, this service receives a referral from a child’s G.P./Paediatrician/School Nurse or health professional. They explore, assess and guide provision around various physical difficulties in coordination/physical development/motor skills/ sensory under or over stimulation amongst other conditions. Often a report to school will be followed by sessions with an assistant from the service. School can also now refer directly should they have due cause for concern. Being part of our Community Of Learning , our school also has access to the expertise of The Movement Service who upon receiving a referral can come into school and provide advice and programs appropriate to a child’s individual needs. The Movement Service can advise if they feel a referral to Occupational Therapy would be more appropriate. As a school we run a daily Movement Group for 15 minutes from 9.00am. This group includes children with specific needs as identified by professionals and children whom staff feel would benefit from having a focused input in terms of their gross or fine motor skills. This usually forms part of our monitoring procedure and often results in a later referral to outside agencies, although not always. This in school provision is staffed by a higher level teaching assistant who is highly competent in assessing, planning and delivering individualised provision and has been highly praised by the Movement Service professional who has visited our school.
Various other agencies can be accessed, usually via the C.A.F. process and according to need.
Learning Difficulties, Disabilities and Inclusion Support Service (LDDISS) This service is accessed via referral from school and is usually accessed when all strategies based around quality first teaching have been explored and applied and the decision to explore more specific learning difficulties has been agreed between teaching staff, the SENCO and parents. Once parental consent has been provided and a referral has been made, a key worker will be assigned by the Learning Support Service who will come into school and carry out a thorough cognitive assessment of the referred pupil.
- Behaviour Support Services
- Crisis Response
- Children’s Occupational Therapy
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Durham Educational Psychology Service
- Durham Movement Difficulties Service
- One Point Children’s Service
- Educational Social Workers
- Learning Difficulties and Disability Support Service
- Special Educational Needs – Inclusion Team
- Looked After Children
- Medical Practitioners
- Occupational Therapy
- CAMHS Assessment Team
- Speech and Language Therapy
- The Service for Hearing Impaired
- The Service for the Visually Impaired
- Tree Tops Occupational Therapy
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.