The school enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families, particularly when a child is demonstrating further cause for concern or their learning need is more complex and persistent.
The external specialists may:
- Act in an advisory capacity
- Extend expertise of school staff
- Provide additional assessment
- Support a child directly
- Suggest statutory assessment is advisable
- Consult with all parties involved with the child
- Durham SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
- Local Authority Special Educational Needs Inclusion Team
- Durham Educational Psychology Service
- Durham One Point Hub
- Health Agencies, particularly School Nurse Service.
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder Team
- Durham Movement Difficulties Service
- Tree Tops Occupational Therapy Service for Children
- The Service for the Hearing Impaired
- The Service for the Visually Impaired
- Educational Social Worker
- Looked After Children Team
- Learning Difficulties and Disability Support Service
- Occupational Therapy
- Medical Practitioners
A referral to any of the above services is made by the SENCo following a discussion with parents, children (if appropriate) and relevant members of staff e.g. the class teacher.
A referral may be made at the request of a parent or in response to a difficulty that a child is having in school. A referral may lead to an assessment of the child’s needs and if necessary treatment, interventions or programmes may be suggested and implemented either at school, at home or by an outside agency.
When any outside agency makes an assessment or implements a programme, parents/carers and school receive full reports. These reports can then be discussed with the parents at a subsequent meeting. Children receiving SEN support will have a review meeting at least once a year. At these meetings, input and referrals to any other agencies will be discussed. If it is felt that more regular meetings are required (usually if the child has more complex needs) then these tend to be held at least once a term. A representative from any relevant outside agency will always be invited to the review meetings.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.