The SENDCo, Mrs Jo O’Neill, is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day provision for pupils with SEND and she holds the National Advanced Award for SEN Coordination as well as experience having worked within a special needs school.
Mrs O’Neill works closely with all staff to ensure that:
- The needs of pupils with SEND are met on a daily basis.
- Advice on individual pupil need is provided to teachers and classroom support staff.
- The supervision and maintenance of records, assessments and evaluations of individual pupils is secure.
- Support staff meet the needs of individual pupils through informed guidance and evaluation.
- Support staff are line managed daily and performance managed annually.
- Parents and carers are liaised with and are kept informed of the support in place for their child.
- Outside agencies are consulted and their support and advice is utilised.
- Training opportunities are provided, both in-house and externally.
- Any available SEND funding is applied for and appropriately spent.
- School governors are kept informed of SEND practice and the governor for SEND is liaised with.
- A SEND register is kept up to date and an annual SEND Information Report is published on the website.
- Any issues or complaints with regard to SEND are resolved or referred on appropriately.
The SEND Code of Practice (2015) says that a child has a learning difficulty if ‘he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools’. We have developed significant expertise in knowing when this applies to a pupil and can differentiate between SEN and other additional needs.