How are teachers supported to work with children with SEND and what training do members of staff have?
Part of the SENCO’s role is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEND.
- The school provides training and support to enable all staff to improve the teaching and learning of all children, including those with SEND. The training may be whole school or targeted at a specific key stage
- All staff are expected to undertake a range of training as part of their ongoing professional development
- Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of their year group and specific children in their class
- The SENCo has worked in this role since 2007, has a Master of Education in Special Needs and Inclusive Education, regularly attends training, courses, local SENCo Network meetings and national conferences about SEND, is a Derby City Autism Champion and is a member of NASEN (The National Association for Special Educational Needs)
- Examples of specific training undertaken by the SENCo, teaching and support staff include basic training in ASD, Signs and Symbols, Communicate in Print, Learn to Read (small group reading intervention), Precision Teaching, Reading Recovery and Switch On (1:1 reading support programmes), Developing Comprehension through Inference Training, Success@Arithmetic, First Class at Number and First Class at Number2 (3 mathematics small group interventions), Speech and Language support, Talk, Learn and Communicate, Language Link and Speech Link programmes, Talk Boost, First Aid Paediatric Training, Compliance Training, The Philosophy and Practice of Nurture Groups, Positive Play, Attachment and Trauma, Circle of Friends, Getting on Well, Friends for Life, Learn the Child: helping Looked After Children to Learn.
- Some TAs are specifically trained to work with individuals who have a physical disability or specific medical need and as such have received very specific training from specialist teachers and outside agencies
- All staff have been trained in de-escalation behaviour management strategies.
- Some staff members (the SENCO, LMs and Nurture Group staff) are trained specifically in physical intervention strategies. These are only used as a last resort and in line with school policy which adheres to national guidelines and advice.