Q: What SEND training have the staff had or are currently having?
Supporting Your Child & Learning Support Department
Published on - 16-05-2016
SEND training is an on-going rolling programme of professional development for all of our staff throughout the school year.
- We have two ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) who have been trained by and receive regular supervision support from Hampshire Educational Psychology Service.
- One senior TA (Teaching Assistant) who has extensive experience and training in planning, delivering and assessing intervention programmes and has completed a Level 3 qualification in Supporting Students with Specific learning Difficulties.
- Other TAs have undertaken specialist training in supporting students with speech language & communication needs (SLCN), autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and supporting students with hearing or visual impairment.
- All staff are trained each year on the needs of new students joining the school – this can include training from specialist agencies or consultants, as well as from the SENCo, Head of Learning Support or other staff with relevant expertise.
- SEND training forms part of the continuing professional development of all teachers and TAs and is organised in accordance with the needs of the students and staff.
- The school works closely with other local schools, especially our feeder primary schools, sharing training opportunities including INSET days and outside experts. Opportunities to develop this aspect of local expertise are actively sought throughout the school year.
- All staff at the school are trained in teaching and working with hearing impaired or visually impaired students, with updates at Induction and INSET days.
- We routinely review the skills and attributes of our staff to ensure that they match the profiled needs of our students.