Holy Trinity School - SEND Team

Special Educational Needs Team

Led by Ms Rachel Roberts: SEN CO-ORDINATOR

My main role is co-ordinating provision for children who require additional support throughout the school, ensuring that intervention programmes are tailored and delivered by trained members of staff to match the needs of individual children.  I also lead IEP review meeting three times a year, when parents and children are invited to discuss their progress towards their targets that were set and decide upon new targets that they would like to work on. 

At times, I will spend time working with children to gain more understanding about the particular areas of learning that they are finding more challenging, so that I can work with the child, the class teacher and the child’s parents to decide upon the most appropriate level of support. 

I can refer children to external agencies (with parental consent), if we feel that we need a better understanding of how to support a particular child’s needs. 

I also work closely with families that may need additional support due to family relationships, bereavement, housing issues, behavioural issues, to name but a few.  I am closely supported by other members of my team including…

Special Needs Teacher: Mrs Smith

My special needs teacher works Monday and Friday, working with children on a 1:1 or small group basis.  She delivers interventions tailored to children’s individual needs, particularly focused on developing their phonic, reading and writing skills.  She liaises closely with class teachers to keep them informed about what the children are learning with her, so they are encouraged to transfer their skills back into the classroom. 

Learning Mentor

Our learning mentor in school works 2 afternoons each week.  She leads a lunch club for children who may need some additional ‘nurture’ time, or for children who may be having social integration difficulties.  Children can be referred to the learning mentor either by their class teacher, the head teacher or by myself.  The reason for referral can be anything from low self-esteem, confidence issues, family breakdowns, or any other problem that may be causing the child from accessing their learning and achieving their full potential.  The learning mentor will work with a child that is referred to her on a 1:1 basis striving to achieve targets that her and the child will have set together.  Parental consent will have been gained before any child begins work with the learning mentor.

Play Therapist: Jane Divall

Our play therapist works one day a week with children on a 1:1 basis.  She works closely with the child’s parents to ensure that the therapy is supported at home and that parents are kept informed of any themes that may arise through the therapy sessions.  The play therapist will work with children who may have a slightly higher level of need than those that see the learning mentor.  This may include bereavement, behaviour/anger issues, deeper emotional/social difficulties.   Parental consent will have been gained before any child begins work with the learning mentor.

As a team we strive to support children holistically, ensuring that their social/emotional needs are met, as this will impact on their academic performance.