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Who can help?

How will the school get more help for my child?

If your child continues to experience specific problems; a specialist outside agency may be contacted and their advice sought.  We have a wide range of agencies who we can obtain advice from.  This may mean other professionals coming in to observe, teach or assess your child; as well as completing paperwork.  If we want to refer a child we do need parental consent and you will be asked to sign a consent form.  Without parental permission an outside agency can not be involved with a child.

 

What outside agencies can school access?

  • Speech and Language Therapy Service (SALT)
  • Educational Psychologist (EP)
  • Community Paediatrician
  • Autism outreach
  • Pathways
  • Specialist Teaching Service (STS)
  • School nurse
  • Family support worker
  • Physiotherapist
  • Child and Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Young Carers
  • Counsellor

 

How can I support my child?

  • Attend parents evenings and SEND meetings
  • Ask for support and guidance
  • Keep informed through school letters and the school website
  • Regular homework and reading with your child
  • Attend open mornings
  • Be a listening ear to your child

 

How do I get a diagnosis for my child?

Pupils may receive a diagnosis if they have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or a medical condition.  Pupils do not receive a ‘diagnosis’ of special educational needs.

If you have a concern that your child has a specific difficulty e.g. ADHD or autism then the SENCo can make a referral to the community pediatrician.

If you have a concern that your child has a learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia or dyscalculia the SENCo can make a referral to a specialist teacher from the STS team.  We currently have a STS teacher in school one morning each month.  The STS teacher provides a report after working with the child which provides advice on how best to support the child’s needs.  They can also refer a child to the visual stress clinic.

If you have a concern that your child has a speech and language difficulty the SENCo can make a referral to the speech and language therapy service.

Referrals and diagnosis can vary in time depending on the agency involved and the child.