SENCO and SEN Staff
Our SENCO is Mrs Sarah Guest.
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 as well as supporting them in the preparation of effective support plans which are reviewed within set time scales in order to ensure pupil progress.
- Liaise with the HT and SEND Governor 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
- Liaise with the senior management team in relation to keeping 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 01740 620041 or sending an email.
Mr John Close (Assistant Head) works alongside the SENCo in relation to any Early Years pupils with SEND
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.
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 SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
- Speech. Language and Communication Services
- Children’s Occupational Therapy Services
- Educational Psychology Service
- Health Agencies/NHS Hospital Services
- Children’s Physiotherapy Services
How We Secure Specialist Expertise
Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN.
This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:
- Funding additional support staff in order to provide for the identified needs of SEND children – small group support, one to one support (where necessary) and specific interventions
- Funding additional resources and equipment
- Funding for staff training
- Funding referrals to SEND for specific assessment E.G Dyslexia
If a child has complex special educational needs, the school could also gain additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes by way of Top Up Funding request.