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St. Michael's Church of England Primary School Thorpe on the Hill

Who will support my child if they have special needs or a disability within and outside of school?

There are a number of staff who your child will meet during their time at St Michaels.  We consider ourselves to be approachable and positive about every pupil and know that this nurturing atmosphere is well embedded in the school ethos. 

 

There are number of staff who your child will meet regularly around the school.

Role

Name of Person Responsible

With school

Responsibilities

Class Teacher

 

 

The Class teacher sets targets and is responsible for organising how interventions will be administered.  The Class teacher will monitor progress and work with the Senior Management Team (SMT) to ensure that interventions are being effective.

 

SENDCo

Mrs Vicky Harris

The SENDCo will support teachers with finding suitable targets and how these can be supported with interventions with school and outside agencies.

Another part of the SENDCo role is to have an overview of the support available within each year group.

The SENDCo can refer children for outside agency support and will complete relevant paper work.

Class

Teaching Assistants

 

The Class Teaching Assistants are to provide day to day support.   The support provided my vary due to the needs of the child but can include help with disabilities, emotional, social and behavioural support as well as cognition and learning.   They can be used by the Class Teacher to provide interventions e.g. small groups, 1:1.  The work of the Class Teaching Assistants can be to deliver intervention work from Outside Agencies.

SEND Teaching Assistant

Mrs Lisa Jones

An SEND Teaching Assistant will provide support for children outside the classroom.  The support is often with structured programmes which will run for a number of weeks e.g. First Class at Maths.  The timetable for the support with the SEND Teaching Assistant will be agreed with the SMT.

ELSA

Support

Mrs Louise Everett

ELSA training is to support the needs of pupils within the School with Social and Emotional aspects of their learning.

Midday Supervisors

Mrs Sara Fenwick

Mrs Sarah Dunk

Mrs Lynne Riches

 

 

The Midday Supervisors may provide support needed during Lunch Time.  Their work may involve helping children to form friendships, directing games for groups to play etc.  This will help with the personal, social and emotional needs of some children.

SEND Governor

Mrs Rebecca Green

The SEND Governor is there to oversee the school policy for SEND being administered and to be a contact for parents with questions about the School’s procedures.

 

If your child requires further support, the school can access a number of professionals which can give further insight and advice to the school.

Outside Agencies

Agency

Role

Gemma Slack

Educational Psychologist

The Education Psychologist (EP)is able to assess for learning; personal, social and emotional needs.  This can be achieved through observations and work with the child.  The EP helps with target setting and will support teachers and the SENDCo with paper work.

Helen Housam

Specialist Teaching Service

The Specialist Teacher will use assessments to establish if there are any specific difficulties with such areas as reading, writing etc.  The Specialist Teacher can be used in school for direct teaching of groups or individuals.  In class observations can be used to look at learning behaviours and to support teaching staff with their delivery of lessons to pupils.  The Specialist Teach can be used to help staff with setting targets to support the areas identified in the report.  In their role they can be asked to work with parents and children together.   The service can also be asked by school for extra training e.g.  Staff Meetings about SEND.

Gemma Cuff

Speech and Language Therapy

Assessment of speech and language difficulties.  Pupils could be taught 1:1 by the therapist or in small groups.  Children may have single visits or have programmes designed to be implemented by the school or by Speech Therapy Assistants.

Adele Sherriff

The Working Together Team

(TWTT)

 

The service is used to assess the needs of children who need support communicating in different social situations.  This can be achieved by observation in classrooms and working with the class teacher.  This is can be useful especially with children who have autism.  The service can help with target setting.

 

Behaviour Outreach Support Service

(BOSS)

Are used to support children with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. 

 

Occupational Therapy

Assessment of physical access school and the curriculum e.g. seating.

 

The school can also access other services when needed:

  • Education Welfare Service
  • Child and Adult Mental Health Service (CAMHs)
  • Paediatrician (however access is quicker through referral by G.P’s. The waiting time can be up 18 weeks)