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SEN Support, services and training

7. How will our school help you to support your child's learning?


We encourage you as parents/carers to work with us and support any extra interventions that your child may undertake e.g. some interventions may require reading at home or playing maths games. This will be clearly explained to you and we will work with you to enable this to be implemented. We will also offer suggestions in support you can provide your child when working towards their individual educational targets.


Where appropriate, we will refer to outside agencies (with your consent) for additional advice, support and programmes. Parents /carers should receive copies of these reports and a meeting may be offered to discuss in detail the findings. Parents / carers can request a copy of these reports at any time.


8. What specialist services and expertise are available or accessible through our school?

We work closely with and have access to the following agencies to support your child's needs:


  • Speech and Language
  • Dedicated Speech and Language professional for our Hearing Impaired pupils
  • Educational Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Inclusion Support Services (Behaviour, disability, visual and hearing impaired, speech and language therapy)
  • Reading and Number recovery programmes
  • Child Action North West support including counselling service, jigsaw therapy, family wise, nurture groups
  • Nursing facilities via the school nurse


9. How are staff in school supported to work with children with special educational needs and what training do they have?


We have a range of experienced staff working with our children. We provide trained staff to deliver 1 to 1 and group reading and number recovery programmes. Our teaching assistants are trained to deliver support on a 1 to 1 basis throughout the school. The school also provides a hearing impaired resource and employs 2.1 qualified teachers of the deaf as well as 4 teaching assistants to support our hearing impaired pupils within class. We also have a number of teaching assistants who support children with specific needs. The school liaises with outside agencies and the local authority to provide up to date training and to ensure our provision is successfully delivered.


This training includes:


  • ELKAN training
  • British Sign Language (BSL) Levels 1 and 2


Staff trained in delivering a range of baseline assessments; ABC physical assessment, phonics, early reading assessment (PERA), British vocab picture screener (BVPS), Derbyshire test and Goodenough intelligence testing (GIT)