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

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

    ·         Support from external agencies up-skilling staff.

    ·         Bespoke training e.g. Makaton, Speech and Language, Dyslexia, Memory Retention work, Lego Therapy Training, Special Friends training etc. 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 inset days.

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

    ·         Specialist TA’s/HLTA’s leading specific areas of SEND Training to up-skill other TA’s

    ·         Through Performance Management of both Teachers and Teaching Assistants we identify CPD requirements of all staff.

    ·         Through employing specialist staff to work with our SEND children.

    What arrangements do we have for supporting and improving the emotional and social development of children / young people with SEND?

    • We value parent partnerships and they are at the heart of decision making in regards to SEND children.
    • Links/referrals with external agencies if required.
    • In-house: Class teacher/TA Support, Behaviour Support Groups, SEAL Materials along with other individualised programmes as and when required.
    • Use of EHA/TAF meetings and individualised support plans.
    • Running Lego Therapy and ‘Special Friends’ programmes, along with Mindfulness programmes to support child with emotional, social and mental health issues.