Staff Training and Deployment
We are committed to developing the ongoing expertise of our staff. We currently have the following expertise in our school, within the area of SEN.
-Our SENDCo, Rebecca Langley has completed her National Award in SEN Coordination (NASENCO).
- Our school employs HLTAs and a team of TAs most of whom are trained to deliver a range of interventions on a small group and 1:1 basis e.g. Project X; 1st class @ number; 1st class at writing; Success at Arithmetic; Better Reading Partners; social skills programs; structured teacch strategies; intensive interaction; attention autism; speech and language programs.
- Staff are trained by the School Nurse Team with regard to asthma, diabetes and anaphylaxis. The School Nurse Team also provide training to staff regarding specific low incidence medical conditions as needs arise.
- The SENDCo and relevant staff (i.e staff directly involved with children with specific needs) receive SEND training in areas such as Autism.
- CPD training is offered regularly to enhance the school’s Development Plan and afford personal development to staff.
- Specialist information gained through research/training is disseminated via a staff meeting or organised staff training sessions.
- As specific needs arise the SENDCo approaches specialists from a range of agencies (e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Educational Psychology, Borough Link Advisors) to seek advice about raising awareness of the specific type of SEN, to enhance knowledge about a specific type of SEN (in order for the class teacher or TA working directly with a child with a particular type of SEN to adapt teaching and learning to meet the need appropriately).
- General support and advice from SENDCo - e.g. with regard to the implementation of specific programmes, creation and monitoring of Support Plans, tracking of children with SEND.
- Particular support is given to ECTs and other new members of staff. Should a pupil with a specific low incidence need be admitted to the school, then the SENDCo will pursue relevant training, in the first instance, for the class teacher and support staff concerned.
- At the close of each school year teachers hold meetings with the class’s next teacher to discuss SEND information in preparation for the following year. Handover sheets are completed at this meeting, including details of any SEND needs or concerns.
- the SENDCO meets with the Senior Leadership Team regularly to review and plan the training, guidance and advice that staff across the school need to ensure they meet the additional learning requirements of our students.