SEN Specialist Expertise

SENCO and SEN Staff

Our SENCO is Mrs Sarah Walton and she holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (NASENCO). If you would like to contact Mrs Walton or arrange an appointment, please call the school on 0191 384 7452 or use the following email address:

More details of the SENCO’s role can be found in the SEN Policy which you can find in the School Policies section of our website.

External Specialists and Other Bodies

The school enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families.

The external specialists may:

  • Act in an advisory capacity
  • Extend expertise of school staff
  • Provide additional assessment
  • Support a child directly
  • Suggest statutory assessment is advisable
  • Consult with all parties involved with the child

These include:

  • Durham SEND Information,  Advice and Support Service
  • Durham County Council Local Offer
  • Local Authority Special Educational Needs Inclusion Team
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Communication and Interaction Team
  • Emotional Well Being Team (EWEL)
  • Cognition and Learning and Sensory Motor Team
  • Bishop Auckland One Point Hub
  • Health Agencies, particularly School Nurse Service and Health Visitors
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Social Care and Health Team
  • Specialist therapists – Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
  • Other specialist health services as required, e.g. hearing, speech, vision, diabetes
  • Medical Practitioners – GPs, Paediatricians, Clinical Psychologists
  • Family workers and One Point Children Centre staff

We encourage these professionals to visit school as often as possible to work with our staff and share their expertise. Wherever possible, staff implement programmes of work linked to these professionals e.g. speech and language programmes, exercises recommended by physical therapies etc.

How We Secure Specialist Expertise

Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN.

This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:

  • Buying in the services of external specialists
  • Buying resources to support children
  • Buying in school training to ensure staff are skilled in delivering high-quality provision to meet the specific needs of children with SEN e.g. Makaton training

If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.