At any opportunity, our school will collaborate with social workers, educational psychologists, charities (e.g. NSPCC, Buzz network, Simon Says, Winton’s Wish) or other experts in order to enable each child to flourish. Internally, our Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) and support teachers are deployed in the classrooms where they are needed most. We also work with schools such as Vermont and Springwell to share best practice in the fields of special needs and behaviour and with our local Secondary schools so that the support does not end when a child transitions into year 7. Likewise, if your child starts at our school having previously attended another school, we will work with their previous school to ensure that they have a smooth transition to Mansbridge.
We are dedicated to upholding high standards of SEN support and do this through reviewing our SEN policy annually, upskilling our teachers in this area through regular staff training and by purchasing appropriate and high quality resources and materials to give every child the opportunity to achieve the best they can be. We place the children and their needs at the centre of everything that we do and as a result, our curriculum is constantly changing and adapting to the children in our care.
Qualification requirements for SENDCO
Paragraphs 6.85-6.86 (page 108) of the SEND Code of Practice and regulation 49 of the SEND Regulations 2014 specify the qualification and training requirements for SENDCOs.
The regulations say that the SENCDO must be:
The code of practice explains that where a newly appointed SENDCO has not previously been the SENDCO at that school, or any other relevant school, for a total period of more than 12 months, he or she must achieve the National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordination within three years of appointment.
Whilst Mrs Laishley is on maternity leave – the Assistant Head, Mrs Brosnan is fulfilling the SENDCO role. This is normal practice in schools (It is not expected that schools have more than one member of staff who has the NASEN qualification).
Mrs Brosnan has received and is currently receiving appropriate SENDCO training as per the guidance. It is envisaged that on return from maternity leave Mrs Laishley will retake up her role as the SENDCO – Mrs Laishley has the NASEN – National Award for SEN.
In this interim period, we can assure that if your child has SEN their needs will be as well met now as they always have been. If you have any questions regarding this matter please do contact the school so that we can reassure you of our continued commitment and capacity to support all children – including those with SEN.