The SENCo ensures that all members of staff in school have a clear understanding of each child's Special Educational Need and / or Disability and aids them in their practice. She provides all staff with training on the SEND needs in school and training on specific children. The SENCo also ensures that she updates the teaching staff in staff meetings about recent government initiatives within the SEND system and relays back information gathered from SEN conferences and courses. The SENCo also informs the staff about children’s progress displayed on the schools provision map. Each member of staff is provided with a copy of the provision map after each termly review.
Staff are given opportunities to develop their knowledge and expertise on certain areas of SEND by attending courses and training.
At Waynflete Infants’ School we have staff trained in the following
Autism Support – detailed course on what Autism is and how to support children in the classroom
Drawing and Talking – Drawing and talking is a serial drawing technique which helps children with underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting their learning and behaviour.
Relax Kids - Through relaxation and self-esteem exercises, we encourage children to see their strengths, look after themselves, develop their confidence and positivity as well show respect to themselves and others.
Jogo Behaviour Support – Team teach - Team-Teach is a method of developing acceptable and authorised responses to disruptive, disturbing, angry and aggressive behaviours in a manner that maintains positive relationships and provides safety for all.
Jogo Behaviour Support – Strategies and interventions - a practical look at how to address and manage low level behaviours. A range strategies and interventions, together with tangible resources to use with students.
Speech and Language support - At Waynflete we have a Teaching Assistant that is trained in Speech and Language support. She works closely with two Speech and Language Therapists who give her continuous recommendations for each individual child.
Numicon Closing the gap - We have a staff member trained to assess children's mathematical ability and plan and deliver targeted interventions using the Numicon Closing the Gap strategy and resources.
Lego Therapy - Our SENCo has been trained to lead Lego Therapy sessions for children to develop their communication and social skills through the manipulation of Lego.
Play Buddies - Developing children's play, co-operation, turn taking and communication skills at playtime.
The SENCo (Mrs Hayley Sara) is a qualified Special Needs Coordinator, achieving a first class degree in The National Award in Special Needs Coordination.