The school enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families, particularly when a child is demonstrating further cause for concern or their learning need is more complex and persistent.
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
St Patrick’s RC Primary School currently works with the following agencies:
- Durham SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
- Durham SEND Inclusion Team
- CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)
- Educational Psychology Service
- Speech and Language Therapy Team
- Durham Autistic Spectrum Team
- Consett One Point Service
- The Service for the Visually Impaired
- Looked After Children Education Support Team
- School Parent Support Advisor Team
At St Patrick’s we work closely with the Educational Psychologist. The EP normally only works directly with pupils whose needs are felt to be quite considerable and have not responded well to the interventions previously put in place for them. This involvement is generally planned at an in school review meeting. These are meetings held three times a year between school staff.
The aim of this meeting is to gain an understanding of and try to resolve a pupil’s difficulties. In order to help understand the pupil’s educational needs better, the psychologist will generally meet with the parent and give feedback after an assessment has been completed.
They will offer advice to the school and parent/carers on how to best support the pupil in order to take their learning forward.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.