Q11: How are teachers in school helped to work with children withe SEND and what training do they have?

The SENCo's job is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEND.

The school has a training plan for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children including those with SEND. This includes whole school training/specific training on SEND issues such as ASD, Downs Syndrome, Dyslexia 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. Providers of these vary from local providers such as our external specialism support teams, to providers furhter afield, and increasingly, providers online. 

In 2019- 2020 this CPD encompassed:

  • Child protection training Level 1 and 2
  • Asthma and Epi–pen training
  • Occupational Health updates
  • ADHD  awareness ( Autism being nest terms Spring 2021)
  • How the environment affects children - especially those with SEND needs research and awareness raising. This resulted in much reduction in colour and clutter in classes and in corridors
  • Supporting children with emotional and behavioural difficulties in the classroom
  • Setting SMART targets
  • Inhouse updates in using Precision reading and spelling to support children with dyslexia effectively
  • Developing/Comparing the use of Social Stories for identified children and sharing/collating/pooling existing or adaptable social stories centrally.