Agencies and Partnerships

We work with a number of external agencies including:

Physiotherapy (NHS Services)

Occupational Therapy

School work with NHS Services but have also purchased for 2017-18 services of Future Steps which is an independent company to enhance our offer and focus on the sensory curriculum and offer handwriting clinics.

Speech and Language Therapy

School work with NHS Services as available but have also purchased for 2017-18 services of a specialist and experienced speech and language therapist to complete urgent assessments and support the 8 staff who are now qualified in ELKLAN. We are working towards being a Communication Friendly School building on our strength of previously being a specialist communication school. We have also purchased the service of a specialist in PODD which is a communication system that is appropriate for our most complex pupils.

Inclusion and Achievement SEND Team – Sensory Support

http://www.durham.gov.uk/pages/providerdetails.aspx?ProviderId=51787

The school work closely with Local Authority staff from all teams including visual impairment service and hearing impairment service. School also employ a specialist for visual impairment and have 8 champions for VI who meet half termly. We use Guide Dogs for the Blind environmental audit in order to ensure that our environment is constantly reviewed regarding visual impairment appropriateness.

Educational Psychology Service

http://www.durham.gov.uk/pages/Service.aspx?ServiceId=896

Counselling

The school also purchase the services of Smile Anti-Bullying Service and the Friendly Charity to complete bespoke work to raise self-esteem and develop appropriate social skills. The school is working towards the BIG Anti-Bullying Award.

Specialist Downs Syndrome Support

The school also employ a specialist advisor for Downs Syndrome who is our Key Stage 1/2 leader, Mrs Helen Taylor.

 

We also work with a number of local schools as part of our drive to raise expectations and improve our offer. These include recently inspected schools which have achieved outstanding including Gibside Special School and Hexham Priory Special School.

If you have any questions about our SEND Local Offer please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.