7. How are staff trained to support children with SEND?

  • We are part of a partnership of schools in Ellesmere Port that are committed to providing a wide range of training for both teachers and teaching assistants to ensure our children have access to a range of high quality support materials. We belong to the Ignite teaching alliance.

  • Through regular staff meetings, all staff ensure their own professional development is kept up to date and access training on SEND issues such as autism spectrum disorder and administering medication to children.

  • Individual teachers will also access training specific to children in their class such as the use of Makaton as a means of communication.

  • Our teaching assistants are also trained in a range of small group and 1:1 interventions including supported reading programme, 1:1 literacy programme called FFT Wave 3 and Rapid Maths.

  • In the last academic year, staff have been trained using precision teaching to support individual children with English and spelling difficulties.

  • We employ a full time speech therapist (S Mainwaring) who works primarily within our foundation stage.

  • School also employ a specialist dyslexia teacher, Mrs Tolley, who works with individual children on targets that have been discussed and identified by the class teacher.