SENCO and SEN Staff
Our SENCO is Miss Alison Luke.
She has completed the National Award for SEN Coordination and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion.
It is the SENCO’s job to:
More details of the SENCO’s role can be found in our SEN Policy
Every school in Durham receives it’s school budget from the Local Authority at the beginning of the financial year in April. All aspects of the school budget are monitored by the Governing Body every term.
As part of the school budget, there is a ‘notional’ SEN amount. This is used to support children with SEND in a number of ways, for example by giving them access to additional targeted support from teachers or teaching assistants and by providing additional resources.
Children with SEND in our school will access support additional to that normally available in the classroom. They may work with a teacher or a member of our support team in a small group or they may require some 1:1 support to meet their needs. The support they receive may take place in the classroom and they may participate in interventions.
In addition, we use our SEN budget to make adjustments to our school environment as required. For example, it may be necessary to add handrails to aid mobility or mark steps with coloured paint to aid visually impaired children. In our classrooms, children may be provided with aids to help them to write such as sloping seats or boards, or with resources such as different coloured paper or additional access to ICT.
The resources that we provide are allocated on an individual basis depending upon the needs of each child. We constantly evaluate and amend the provision we have in place to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our pupils effectively.
Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN. The effectiveness of our expenditure is monitored by the Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body.
This funding is used to support children and young people with SEND by:
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also apply for additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes in their SEN Support Plan or EHCP.
Schools are responsible for funding the first £6000 of support for children with SEN. When spending for a child exceeds this, we can request additional ‘Top Up Funds’ from the Local Authority. Generally this is for children with very high needs and in receipt of an EHCP. The use of these funds is discussed at the initiation of the plan, and during the review meetings to ensure best value is achieved.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact us to make an appointment.