SENCO and SEN Staff
Our SENCO is Mrs Doyle, she was appointed SENCO in January 2018. The role of the SENCO supports all families in the transition for all SEN pupils working closely with multi-agencies and partnerships to ensure that their learning journey is a happy and successful one.
More details of the SENCO’s role can be found in the SEN Policy which you can find in the School Policies section of our website.
At Yohden Primary School we are dedicated to Continuous Professional Development (CPD). We regularly send staff on courses and provide them with opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and pedagogy. Some of our staff training has included:
- Child Protection Level 3
- First Aid
- Attendance and the law training
- Team teach
- Speech and Language training
- Anti Bullying training
- Lunch Time supervisor training
- ASD training
- Diabetes training
- CPD to improve the teaching of PE
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
External Specialists and Other Bodies
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.
At Yohden Primary School, we work closely with the following professionals in order to provide the highest level of support for pupils with SEND.
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
- County Durham Local Offer
- Durham SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
- Durham Educational Psychology Service
- One Point Children’s Service
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAHMS)
- Educational Social Workers
- Health Agencies. Particularly the School Nurse service
- Special Educational Needs – Inclusion Team
- Looked After Children Team
- Medical Practitioners
- Durham Movement Difficulties Service
- Occupational Therapy
- School Parent Support Advisor
- Speech and Language Therapists
How We Secure Specialist Expertise
At Yohden Primary school, we receive a notional SEN budget from the Local Authority and this is used to support children and young people with SEND by offering a wide range of intervention and enhancement programmes within school and through our partnerships with other agencies and professionals within the Local Authority. This is monitored each term by the Governing Body.
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.