Last year Mrs Heenan completed the National Award for SEN Co-ordination, through the University of Northampton. In her teaching degree, she spent a year doing a SEN module, the focus being upon the role of a SENCO. She also volunteered for Derbyshire Autism Services Group, working with young people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. She works closely with SENCOs from schools in the local area, to share good practice and ideas.
The school provides training and support to enable all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children, including those with SEND. This includes whole school training on identifying needs and different intervention strategies. The training is run by the SENCO, SSSEN service and other external agencies as appropriate. Individual teachers and support staff attend training run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class ie: Autism Outreach.
Staff who are new to the school follow an induction programme which includes training and information on SEND.