How does staff training support children and young people with SEND and how will specialist expertise be secured?

What training and specialist skills do the staff supporting children with SEND have?

The SEND leader has a Postgraduate qualification in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordination.

There are five specialist SEND Teaching Assistants with wide ranging experience and qualifications in working with children with autism, loss and bereavement therapy and specific strategies to develop basic skills.

New staff receive induction from the SEND Leader.

Teaching Assistants take part in school training days

Teaching Assistants have received training from the Educational Psychology Service in ensuring that children make progress through Quality First teaching and in Precision Teaching.

We have an Inclusion Team with an experienced Deputy Headteacher, Behaviour Support Coordinator, two Learning Mentors and a Family Support Coordinator.

All staff take part in regular reviews of their performance

Montagu Academy has close links with other professional agencies. We work closely with other professionals to plan and review provision and also follow programmes designed by them with our children.

Following discussion with parents, school can refer to other agencies who then become part of your child’s support team. They will either attend review meetings or provide a report. Children who may need a medical diagnosis (for example for Autism Spectrum Condition or ADHD) can be referred via the school nurse or by referral from the family GP.