Kate Howes - SENCo
As SENCo, my role is to ensure that our school actively promotes inclusive practice and supports children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This is achieved by working closely with parents and carers and all members of staff; particularly, the head teacher, pupil premium manager and senior TA, in determining the strategic development of SEND policy and provision in the school. Together, we allocate additional support and resources to pupils based upon need to ensure inclusivity for all.
I am an advocate for SEND and support all practitioners in their role as class teacher. I help ensure that high quality first teaching is embedded in everyday practice and listen to and advise on support and adapted curricular activities. When additional or different provision to that of their peers is required for a child, I work alongside the class teacher following a graduated response of assess, plan, do and review to meet the child’s needs and help them to aspire to be the best they can be. These differentiated provisions and interventions are set out within the class’s provision map and if the child is on the SEND register, on their individual SEND Support Plan.
A large part of my role is to co-ordinate the collection, recording and up-dating of information for our SEND children. I complete additional paperwork, referral forms and funding bids; arrange review meetings with parents; and liaise with outside agencies and other professionals supporting our children’s needs and educational provision following confidentiality and data protection rights. I report upon the progress of our children who have SEND and hold regular meetings with staff to discuss the attainment and progress of these children and the provision that is in place to meet their needs.
Our Special Educational Needs co-ordinator may be contacted via the school office on 0115 9132331 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The latest school SEND Information Report and a number of useful articles can be found by clicking on the links below.
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