SENCO and SEN Staff
The following are the main contacts for Special Educational Needs and Disability at our school:
- Mrs A Boyd is the Head Teacher
- Mrs J. Bowmaker is Deputy Head Teacher and SENDCo
- Mr T Watson is our designated SEND Governor
At Shotton Hall Primary School, we receive a notional SEND 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.
We have Teaching Assistants who are partly funded from the SEND budget and deliver programmes or interventions designed to meet groups of children’s needs. The budget is allocated on a needs basis. The children who have the most complex needs are given targeted support. If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.
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.
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.
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
- Educational Psychologist: Mr Craig Hay
- Parent Support Advisor: Karen Harrison
- School Nurse: Janet Griffiths & Ann McGee
- Speech and Language Therapist: Emma Higgins
- School Counsellor: Lisa Turner
How We Secure Specialist Expertise
Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN. If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.