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SEND Specialist Expertise

SENDCO and SEN Staff


Our SENDCO is Mrs Simpson, SENDCO accredited.  She can be contacted on  0191 5862915.


More details on the SENDCO role can be found in the SEND policy, in the Policies section of the webiste.


At Acre Rigg Academy we receive a notional SEN budget from the Local Authority and this is used to support children and young people with SEND by offering a wide range of intervention and enhancement programmes within school and through our partnerships with other agencies and professionals within the Local Authority.  This is monitored each term by the governing body.


We have Learning Support Assistants who are partly funded from the SEN budget and deliver programmes or interventions designed to meet groups of children's needs.   The budget is allocated on a needs basis.  The children who have the most complex needs are given targeted support.


All children no matter what their needs are, receive daily Quality First Teaching.  We aim to keep children with SEND part of their whole class as often as possible, therefore support is generally given in the form of a Classroom Assistant working alongside the children and their teacher.  Interventions are carried out throughout the day at a range of times.


A Costed Provision Map would be developed in liaison with the parent or carer.


How we secure specialist expertise


Our additional needs budget is used to support children and young people with SEND.  This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:


  • Specialist training for all staff
  • Specialist training for SENDCO
  • Enabling the school to employ members of staff to support children and run programmes of intervention
  • Resources to enable children to meet outcomes
  • Buy in the services of specialists
  • Buy into support packages
  • Purchase assessment and intervention tool


If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.  The additional needs funding is monitored by the senior leadership team and the governing body







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