Pittington Primary School | Hallgarth Lane, Durham, County Durham DH6 1AF

0191 3720314

Pittington Primary School

Welcome to our school

SEN Specialist Expertise

SENCO and SEN Staff

Our SENCO is Mrs Sabrina Basra

More details of the SENCO’s role can be found in the SEN Policy which you can find in the School Policies section of our website.

All staff at Pittington Primary School, including non-teaching staff such as Office Staff, Lunchtime Supervisors, Caretaker and representatives of the Governing Body, are well trained in a variety of strategies.  These include: 

-Quality First Teaching and writing Short Notes and Support Plans

-Speech and Language training

-Autistic Spectrum Condition awareness and strategy training

-Pathological Demand Avoidance awareness training

-De-escalation and Positive Handling Training

-Mental Health First Aid

-Attachment training

-Sensory/ Occupational Therapy awareness training

-Sensory Smart Classroom training

 External Specialists and Other Bodies

Pittington Primary School enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families.

The external specialists may:

  • Act in an advisory capacity
  • Extend expertise of school staff
  • Provide additional assessment
  • Support a child directly
  • Suggest statutory assessment is advisable
  • Consult with all parties involved with the child

These include:

o   Durham SEND Information,  Advice and Support Service

o   Speech and Language Therapy

o   Educational Psychologist 

o   Occupational Therapy

o   School Nurse

o   Health Visitor

o   Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

o   Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services

o   Emotional Wellbeing and Effective Learning Team

o   Pediatricians

o   Autistic Spectrum Condition Team

o   One Point Services

o   Resilience Nurse  

o   Dieticians

o   Clinical Health Teams

o   Movement Difficulties Team

 How We Secure Specialist Expertise

Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN.

This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:

  • Purchasing specialised resources and equipment.
  • Staff training to provide relevant and required support tailored to the needs of the pupils on the current SEN register.

If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.