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I think my child may have a special educational need, who can help me with this at Tanfield School?

Contact the school on 01207 232 881 and ask to speak to Mrs A Cessford, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

My child has a special educational need, what support is there at Tanfield School?

Overview of Special Educational Needs

Tanfield School is committed to the academic and personal development of all our students regardless of ability. We have a shared belief that the potential of our young people is virtually without limit and that it is our mission as a school to create opportunities and experiences that enable young people to achieve that potential.

Tanfield is proud to be an inclusive school where our young people are regarded as individuals and no effort is spared to cater for the particular interests, talents and abilities of each and every student. Indeed, personalised learning is the key to academic success and to the enjoyment of education as is the active involvement of young people in all aspects of school life.

There is no conflict between our inclusive ethos and our determination to be outstanding in terms of learning. This requires, first and foremost, outstanding classroom teaching from every teacher and excellent leadership at all levels and then The Learning Support Department assists pupils with any further academic, behavioural, social and emotional barriers to learning that requires more intervention.

The Learning Support Department:

  • Supports pupils with statements & complex needs requirements
  • Mentors pupils with SEN/D to support their daily school life
  • Supports pupils who have an Education Healthcare Need in times of illness
  • Offers access to outside agencies
  • Provides accurate and regularly updated information to aid subject specific additional learning requirements
  • Practice in accordance with the schools Equality and Access Policies

Transition - Moving Between Schools

In the Learning Support department we know how important a successful transition is to our pupils with Additional Needs. We provide extra visits for those who we feel will benefit from an enhanced transition with our transition support worker. Staff will also take opportunities to visit our feeder primary schools and get to know the pupils in their current setting.

This gives us an opportunity to see what is currently in place for the pupil and how we can support them at Tanfield. Where needed, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator will attend the Annual Reviews to meet the current class teacher, parents and most importantly the pupil to ease any worries or concerns for the move to Tanfield.

There is support provided in Year 9 for students with an SEN in choosing the most suitable options for their Key Stage 4 programme of study. The learning support department will meet with students and their parents to offer support for Key Stage 4 provision, options and if access arrangements are required. Pastoral support is provided with a form tutor from year 8 through all years to year 11.

We also provide an enhanced transition for KS4 pupils moving onto their post 16 choice. This can include visits with familiar staff to the new provision and support for the student and their family in completing their transition plan.

Parents/Carers

Parents/Carers are essential to giving support to their child’s education and at Tanfield we believe in establishing and working together as a team around the child to ensure that the student receives the support that they require throughout their time at school and beyond.

A positive and supportive relationship with parents is one of our most powerful resources and has a significant impact upon pupil progress. From a parent raising a concern about their child in school or at home that they require help and support with, very quickly a solution focused meeting is set up with all the relevant people internally and externally to support the student.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Provision

Any pupil who has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or communication difficulties can be amongst our most vulnerable learners. At Tanfield; pupils are fully integrated into the mainstream curriculum with support available from Learning Support Assistants (LSA) and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). Staff receive regularly continued professional development on how best to support students with ASD or communication difficulties so that they can provide strategies of support within the school day. A learning support base is provided at lunch times as a quiet area with activities to help support students during this unstructured time of the day.

Medical Needs

If your child was suffering from an illness or injury that kept them off school for a prolonged period of time we provide support through the Education Healthcare Needs team where a tutor can work with your child at home and support them with their reintegration back into school.

External Agencies

The Learning Support Team work closely with the following professionals in order to provide the highest levels of support for pupils with a Special Educational Need.

  • SEN Team Durham Children’s Services
  • A teacher for pupils with a Specific Learning Difficulty
  • Specialist Advisory teachers
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Educational Social Workers
  • The Service for the Hearing Impaired
  • The Service for the Visually Impaired
  • The Health Authority, in particular the school nurse
  • The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMH’s)
  • Governors’ Pupil Welfare Committee
  • College links
  • Learning Mentors, Tanfield School
  • Educational Healthcare Needs
  • Looked After Children Education Service (LACES)
  • Social Services
  • One point hub

Learning Support Staff

The teaching and learning requirements of all children with SEND is primarily the responsibility of the class teacher with support from their curriculum area. This reflects the principle that SEND is a whole school issue and a recognised aspect of all curriculum planning. All staff at Tanfield School are expected to teach pupils with SEND.

SENCO:
Mrs A Cessford

Learning Support Assistants:
Miss C Dixon

Mr R Oram
Mrs K Stonehouse 


Transition Worker:
Mrs R Rockett

SEND Core Curriculum Links:
English: Mrs G Oliver
Maths: Mr S Mason
Science: Mrs A Paton

Senior Learning Mentor:
Mrs C Hanson

Coordinators of Learning:
Year 7: Mr D Godwin
Year 8 & 9: Mr P Hinnighan
Year 10 & 11: Mrs K Draycott

Behaviour Support Team:
Mr G Comer
Mrs M Farrell

How We Assess Pupils

Pupil Assessment is an on-going process and forms an essential part of teaching and is designed to promote the raising of achievement.

Pupil assessments provide important information for pupil review and support meetings and may also be used as a basis for an initial referral to the Learning Support Team.

The team may also use assessment (reading, writing, numerical) to further assess a pupil’s Special Educational Needs.

It is important to note that not all pupils referred to the Learning Support Team will be SEND pupils; any support and guidance given may be short, medium or long term.

Useful Links

County Durham Family Information Service

Primary Schools:
Annfield Plain Junior School
Burnopfield Primary School
Catchgate Primary school
Dipton Colliery Primary School
East Stanley Primary School
Shield Row Primary School
Tanfield Lea Community Primary School

Post 16 Provision:
Gateshead College
New College Durham
Houghall College
Derwentside College
St Bedes Sixth form College
Newcastle College


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