All schools, including academies, must ensure there is a qualified teacher designated as SENCO for the school. Find out more about the role of the SENCO in schools including the key responsibilities.
There are three SENCO forums held for Early Years, Primary and Secondary Schools, with Trafford College attending for the higher age range. This gives schools (and college) the opportunity to share best practice and work together to better support students with SEND.
The law says that schools must publish a SEN Information Report with more detailed information about their support. Go to a school's individual listing to see their SEN Information Report.
A graduated approach is a model of action and intervention in early education settings, schools and colleges to help children and young people who have special educational needs. It recognises that children learn in different ways and can have different kinds or levels of SEN. So increasingly, step by step, specialist expertise can be brought in to help with the difficulties that a child may have. Our Graduated Approach Guidance document explains the provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) which should be available. The Graduated approach guidance also provides the threshold for access to the high needs funding block.
There is a wide variety of services across education, health and social care providing advice on children with SEN or who are disabled. These are some of the services which can provide training, advice and guidance to schools:
- Children's Centres and Early Help Hubs
- Complex and Additional Needs (CAN) Social Care Team
- Educational Psychology Service
- Health Visiting Teams
- Language Outreach Service
- Longford Park School – Outreach Team
- Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
- School Nursing Teams
- SEN Advisory Service (SENAS)
- Sensory Impairment Support Service
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Trafford Early Development Service (TEDS)