Staff Expertise

How do we secure staff expertise in supporting and working with children/young people with SEND?

 

SENCO: Ms Gaynor Davison

Achieved the National SEN Coordination Award in 2012

Qualified teacher status

Has an oversight of the monitoring of progress and performance of children with SEND

Ensures that staff undertake appropriate training and development to meet the needs of children with SEND

 

At Laurel Avenue Community Primary School we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the pastoral medical and social needs of SEND children are met.

Every year we buy a package of Educational Psychology support for 19 days to support children with SEN at a cost of £7,500. Our Educational Psychologist is Mrs Dianne Hodgson who works with children individually as well as working with the SENCo and Class Teachers in order to ensure the best provision is provided for children with additional needs.

Support from external agencies up-skilling staff.

Bespoke training e.g. Speech and Language by sourcing appropriate to meet the needs of our children.

Continuous in-house training e.g. up-skilling new and experienced staff through visits to other schools, staff meetings and designated professional development days.

Support from other experienced SENCO’s to improve practices in school.

TA’s/HLTA’s leading specific areas of SEN.

Through Performance Management of both Teachers and Teaching Assistants we identify CPD requirements of all staff on a regular basis.

 

What training and expertise do staff have for the additional support my child needs?

Class teachers/Head teacher/SENCO:

  • All teachers have been trained to deliver Read, Write, Inc Phonics
  • All teachers have had First Quality training in areas of Literacy and Maths
  • All teachers have had training on up to date Autism strategies and resources (on-going)
  • One teacher has had Team Teach training - Mrs Chris Lawson
  • All teachers have had First Aid training
  • Key member of staff has had Paediatric emergency first aid training - Mrs Chris Lawson
  • All members of staff have had Safeguarding training
  • All teachers have received up to date training on epi-pen and individual children’s specific needs and the use of their specialist equipment

 

Teaching assistants:

  • All teaching assistants trained to deliver Literacy and Maths intervention programmes
  • Key teaching assistant trained to deliver Speech and Language Groups - Mrs Maxine Taylor
  • Key teaching assistant trained to deliver Gross Motor Skills Interventions - Mrs Louise McLellan
  • Key teaching assistant trained to deliver Relax Kids - Mrs Audrey Thompson
  • All teaching assistants trained to deliver Read, Write, Inc Phonics
  • One teaching assistants holds Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status – Mrs Audrey Thompson
  • One teaching assistants has had Team Teach training - Mrs Trisha Fawcett
  • All teaching assistants have had first aid training
  • Key teaching assistant has had Paediatric emergency first aid training - Mrs Trisha Fawcett
  • Key teaching assistants have received up to date training on asthma and individual children’s specific needs and the use of their specialist equipment

 

The SENCO’s job is to support and advise the class teacher in planning for children with SEND. The school has a training plan for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children including those with SEND. This includes whole school training on SEND issues such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Speech and Language difficulties. Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class.