Developing skills

How we develop the skills, knowledge and expertise of school staff

All staff – including Teaching Assistants – have regular training and guidance to meet the needs of our children. The leader of SEND has a responsibility to arrange and provide this training.

At least one of our training days has a SEND focus where we make sure that teachers and TAs

  • have an awareness of the different special educational needs and disabilities of children in our school
  • are able to plan and teach/support lessons which meet the needs of all children
  • understand the social and emotional needs of children with SEND

We address staff training needs annually ensuring training is up to date – this includes knowledge and expertise about different SENDs.

We know that children will frequently have a range of needs.

We provide a whole staff briefing on the procedures set out in our SEND policy.

We provide training for all of our Teaching Assistants who are working with children with particular SEND, for example, slow progress in reading, number and communication and part of their annual professional development meeting is set aside to discuss further training needs. We provide specialist training for Teachers and Teaching Assistants who support children with the most complex needs – for example general Learning Difficulty, Hearing Impairment, and Autism.