SENCO and SEN Staff
Our SENCO is Miss Heather Purdy who can be contacted on 01913854291 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 County Council Local Offer
- Durham SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
- Special Educational Needs – Inclusion Team
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Chester-le-Street One Point Children’s Centre and the Hub
- Stronger Families
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Occupational Therapy
- Medical Practitioners e.g. School Nurse
- Tree Tops Occupational Therapy
- Durham Movement Difficulties Service
- Looked After Children
- CAMHS Assessment Team
- Learning Difficulties and Disability Support Service
- Durham Educational Psychology Service
Bournmoor Primary School staff work closely with professionals in order to provide the highest level of support for pupils with SEND. The above list shows the services we link with but there are many agencies who can help children with SEND and we will always try to match the best support to each child.
How We Secure Specialist Expertise
Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN.
This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:
To ensure that staff are able to support pupils with SEND in our school, continued professional development opportunities are used to provide training to staff. For example, staff have undertaken the following training either in school or at an outside provision:
- Autism Awareness led by an ASD specialist teacher from Durham SEND and Inclusion team to ensure staff are confident in supporting children on the autistic spectrum;
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) training was delivered by specialist teacher to ensure staff working with SEND children can use the resources effectively to support the development of language and communication;
- Attachment Training led by the Educational Psychologist to ensure staff can support pupils with attachment disorder;
- Relax Kids training to ensure staff are able to support pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs;
- Asthma awareness training provided by the school nurse service.
Advice from specialists is sought as the need arises to ensure pupils are fully included in the learning. We work closely with Durham I.T. service and take support from Durham SEN team. Advice would be sought on how to best support a pupil. We also can seek advice from advisory teachers.
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.