How are staff in the school helped to work with children with SEND?
- The school provides training and support to enable all staff to improve their teaching and the learning of the children, including those with SEND. This includes whole school training on SEND issues, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and speech and language difficulties.
- Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class.
- Outside agencies will offer support and advice for areas to target and strategies and resources for doing this e.g Educational Psychologist, County Inclusive Support Services
- Staff who have attended training sessions will share information to ensure that as many people as possible will benefit from what they have learnt.
- The SENCo will support class teachers in planning for children with SEND and works closely with all adults who provide intervention for these children.
- The SENCo attends meetings with other SENCos in the Multi Academy Trust to share good practice and discuss what is happening with regard to SEND. She also attends the Suffolk SENCo Conference each year to keep up to date with new research and initiatives.
We have adults in our school who have had training on:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Pathological Demand Avoidance
- Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome
- Speech and Language (ELKLAN trained)
- Makaton (signing programme to aid communication and speech)
- Speech production
- Mental Health issues including anxiety and attachment difficulties
- Gym Trail (fine and gross motor skills)
- Clicker (computer writing program)
- Using Numicon (maths resource)
We also have five members of staff, Mrs Langley, Mrs Friday, Mrs Squirrell, Mrs Bowden and Mrs Vaughan-Wright, who are ELSAs. This stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistants. Training was led by Educational Psychologists to deepen understanding of children's emotional understanding and to help them recognise their emotions and how to regulate them more successfully for themselves. Our ELSAs have termly supervision sessions with Educational Psychologists to ensure that we are supporting our children to the best of our ability. Our ELSAs are spread across the phases in our school and focus on small group work as well as individual support.