Our SENCO is Miss Laura Smith.
Miss Smith has completed the NASENCO award. This is a statutory requirement for all SENCOs appointed new to role from September 2008.
Miss Smith is out of class on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon as part of her SENCO role. This is a good time for her to meet with parents and carers of children with SEND, although she can be available at other times too. If you would like make an appointment with Miss Smith, please contact the school to arrange this.
Staffing and any Specialist Qualifications/Expertise
Members of staff have Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 qualification. In addition, our SEND support staff have a selection of training.
Each year the needs of children within our school are carefully considered and training organised to up-skill staff.
Last year three members of staff took part in Understanding and Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum and all staff received training on identifying SEN and writing outcomes for SEN Support Plans.
All staff also took part Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting training delivered by Occupational Therapy.
Last year Durham’s SEND and Inclusion Team leader, Liz Mulholland, delivered three Autism workshops last year to all staff. Staff decided on the areas they wanted to focus on based on need and chose: transition, developing play skills and avoiding and supporting crisis situations.