Collaborative working- transition between schools and countries
Our SEND Manager not only works closely within our federation, but also visits other local primary schools during the year to build relationships with children who are likely to be moving to us in year 7. She attends review meetings for these children and begins communication with their parents from year 5 onwards. We now have a really effective working relationship with other local SENCOs and Headteachers, so much so that we are often asked to support colleagues in EHCP applications or referrals to external agencies. In addition, our SEND team contains a STAPs teacher who assesses children in other local schools on request and our ECLIPs trained TAs will offer support and training to TAs in local schools. We have a strong EAL department who also work closely with our SEND team. This is particularly important as we are accepting more and more foreign children with complex special needs. We are able to translate our key assessments to get as full a picture as possible of these students so we can best meet their needs. We have good relationships and reputation with external agencies and are often the school of choice for parents of children with SEN.
Name of person submitting information: Kimberley Albeda
Role: Deputy Head and SENCo
School website: www.havenhighacademy.net
Sector: mainstream secondary modern
Age range: 11-16
Number on role: 1000+