SEN Specialist Expertise
Our SENDCO is Mr Hunt, Deputy Head Teacher BA (Hons)
Tel. 01325 300337
Teaching staff at St Joseph’s have extensive knowledge of SEND. The SENDCO has completed accredited SEND courses as well as extensive knowledge of a huge range of Special Educational Needs. Staff Training has recently been centred around a range of disorders that are becoming more prevalent e.g. attachment Disorder. We also have Teaching Assistants who have been specifically trained in the following areas:
- Speech & Language
- Better Reading
- Listening Matters
In addition to the above, we also work in partnership with:
- Parents, carers and pupils
- Consult with relevant external agencies
- Work with the County Durham SEND team
- Use a range of assessment tools and materials
- Use observations
More details of the SENDCO’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 and Language
- Occupational Therapy
- Educational Psychologist
- Behaviour Intervention
- ASD team
- Cognition and Learning team
- School nurse
- Mental Health Nurses
- The Road Centre (Counselling service)
- Any others recommended by our colleagues or health professionals
How We Secure Specialist Expertise
Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN. The expenditure is monitored through reporting to the Governing Body. Costings can also be found on support plans and costed provision maps.
This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:
- Strengthening the expertise and training of staff.
- In the last academic year, staff have received CPD on Attachment Order, Autism and Helping children write.
- We use specialist staff for a range of support and some Interventions
- We invest in creating specialists within our staff by placing a high priority on CPD and working with staff interest in key areas.
- We continue to deliver CPD, in school support, the use of external specialists, SEN resources and keep up to date information through SENDCO network meetings.
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.