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Staffing, Training, Agencies and Partnerships


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


Mrs Henson is new to the role of SENCO and is currently studying for her SENCO qualification through Wolverhampton University. Highly organised, approachable and diligent, Mrs Henson has a wealth of teaching experience and putting the needs of our children at the forefront of her excellent practice is always her primary focus.


She is a much respected and valued member of our 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 Alliance, a cluster of more than 20 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.


We also have additional service level agreements with the Local Authority and as such are able to draw upon additional time and support for our children in order to meet their needs at the earliest possible point.

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.
  • Catch Up Literacy: a literacy intervention programme focussed upon reading and writing aimed at pupils in Year 3 and 4.
  • 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