Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at The Firs Primary School
Miss L Taplin and deputy SENCO Mrs Greenhalgh will oversee the support your child receives by: Providing professional support for teachers and support staff in the school, so they can help your child achieve the best possible progress in school. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources. Also by liaising with other people who may be coming into school to help support your child's learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapist, Educational Psychologist etc. - please ring the school office 0161 973 7350 to arrange an appointment to meet Miss Taplin or Mrs Greenhalgh if you require any additional support.
The SEND Governor Paul Howarth is the appointed Governor that communicates any SEND updates and information to the Governing Body. The SEND Governor spends time in school with the SENCO discussing current information about SEND children and their provision. The Governor may also support the SENCO with some monitoring tasks that are carried out in school regularly in order to ensure the best quality support is in place for SEND children.
The Governing body are involved with the SEND provision, as they are with all other elements of school life. It is part of their role to look at provision that is in place, and support the SENCO in decisions about SEND provision across school. They look annually at data/reports about the performance of SEND children, and strive for the best education for all children, including those with SEND. Members of the Governing body will, at times, visit school to look more closely at initiatives that are in place to support SEND children, alongside other children.
Small Specialist Class (SSC) Teacher at The Firs Primary School
Miss Butter is our Small Specialist Class teacher who is supported by two teaching assistants, Mr Dakin and Miss Leigh. The SSC caters for up to 10 children aged 7 to 11 (Juniors) with statements or Educational Health Care (EHC) plans for Social Communication, Complex Learning Difficulties and Autism. The children are taught as a single class when learning is based on individual education programmes and teaching is differentiated according to ability. As befits our policy of inclusion, there are regular opportunities for pupils from our SSC to integrate with their peers in mainstream school.
Pastoral Manager at The Firs Primary School
Mrs Kershaw is available on a daily basis to deal with attendance, behavioural, pastoral and welfare issues. Her role involves supporting and working with pupils and families to maximise learning for individual pupils.
Social Care In Partnership With School (SCIPS)
At The Firs Primary we have a SCIP Social Worker called Deborah Evason who provides support to any family who would like to use the service. Our aim is to support families who are in need, to prevent referrals being made to Children’s Services.
The SCIPS’s Social Worker for The Firs Primary School is Deborah Evason.
She is available for appointments on Tuesday afternoons.
Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.
We can support families by making referrals to many different agencies:
Sure Start/ Children Centre’s
Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)
Work with School Nurses and Health Visitors
Drug and Alcohol teams
Work with the Police
Activities for children
Early Intervention Practitioner
Plus many more
Alison Calow is our private Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) who visits the Early Years department in school one day a week and delivers several individual therapy sessions to children on that day, in a designated room away from the classroom.