Primary School

SEN Specialist Expertise

SENCO and SEN Staff

Our SENCO is Mrs Emma Barnett.  Tel: 01388 746 414: Email: willington@durhamlearning.net

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.

Staff Training will vary each year depending upon the needs of the children. Recent staff training has covered- SEN Support Plans, the responsibilities of the class teacher and Team Teach.

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

These include:

  • Durham County Council Local Offer 
  • Durham SEND Information,  Advice and Support Service
  • Local Authority Special Educational Needs Inclusion Team
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Emotional Well Being Team (EWEL)
  • Cognition and Learning Team
  • Health Agencies, particularly School Nurse Service, resilience nurse and Health Visitors
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Speech and Language Therapists (NHS and Mable)
  • Crisis Response
  • Virtual School for Looked After Children
  • Specialist therapists – Occupational Therapy
  • Other specialist health services as required, e.g. hearing, speech, vision,
  • Medical Practitioners – GPs, Paediatricians, Clinical Psychologists
  • Family workers and One Point Children Centre staff
  • Team Teach

How We Secure Specialist Expertise

Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN by:

  • Specialist training for staff
  • Specialist training for SENDCo
  • Enabling the school to employ members of staff to support children and run programmes of intervention
  • Resources to enable children to meet outcomes
  • Buy in the services of specialists, through SLAs or COL credits
  • Buy into support packages
  • Purchase assessment and intervention tools

If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.

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