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Staffing, Training, Agencies and Partnerships

Staffing

Please contact the school to arrange an appointment with Mrs Coxon (SENCO) if you require additional help or support.

 

Mrs Coxon is a knowledgeable, skilled,  approachable, forward thinking, highly experienced SENCO with many years of experience. She holds relevant qualifications in Special Educational Needs and is a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team.

SEND - Agencies & Partnerships

Shotton Primary School works closely with many professionals in order to provide the highest level of support for pupils with SEND:

 

  • Local Authority Special Educational Needs Inclusion Team
  • Durham Educational Psychology Service
  • Durham One Point Hub
  • Health Agencies, particularly School Nurse Service.
  • Central Durham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Durham Autistic Spectrum Team
  • Behaviour Support Services / Crisis Response.
  • Durham Movement Difficulties Service
  • The Service for the Hearing Impaired
  • The Service for the Visually Impaired
  • Educational Social Workers
  • School Parent Support Advisor
  • Looked After Children Team
  • Learning Difficulties and Disability Support Service
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medical Practitioners       

 

As a school we are part of the Peterlee Partnership/Teaching School a cluster of 16 primary schools who work together for the best possible outcomes for our children, sharing expertise and resources including training opportunities. We also belong to a local Community of Learning (COL) which has a specific focus upon sharing best practice and diseminating information within the SEND agenda. It also allows us to promptly access extra time for services such as Parent Support Advisor, Educational Psychology and Speech and Language. This is because professionals are employed directly through the COL. Children can be seen and assessed without having to go through lengthy referrals.

Courses Attended by Staff

It is important that staff regularly attended professional development courses, some with a specific focus upon SEND. Staff at a variety of levels have attended training in:

 

  • RELAX Kids: Emotional well-being and meditation
  • Talk Boost: an intervention programme, developing early talk with reception children.
  • Numbers Count: Maths Intervention Programme aimed at KS1 and 2
  • Moving On: Reading and Writing Intervention Programme aimed at children in Years 3 and 4
  • Durham Local Authority Special Needs Conference
  • Developing Social Stories: Autistic Spectrum
  • Understanding Autism and Classroom Strategies
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