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Newburn Manor Primary School

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Roles and Responsibilities


The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO):

  • overseeing the day-to-day operation of the policy coordinating provision for pupils with SEN coordinating planning, provision and assessment for pupils who are looked after and have SEN as the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children
  • advising on the graduated approach to providing SEN support
  • advising on the deployment of the school’s delegated budget and other resources to meet pupils’ needs effectively
  • liaising with parents of pupils with SEN
  • liaising with early years providers, other schools, educational psychologists, health and social care professionals, and independent or voluntary bodies
  • being a key point of contact with external agencies, especially the local authority and its support services
  • liaising with potential next providers of education to ensure a pupil and their parents are informed about options and a smooth transition is planned
  • working with the head teacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements
  • ensuring that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date



The Mental Health Lead is responsible for:

  • Promoting wellbeing, building resilience and good mental health across the school
  • Developing a whole school approach to support mental health and wellbeing in collaboration with the PSHE lead in school
  • Build on the existing school culture where mental health can be talked about openly
  • Disseminating knowledge and training which will, in turn, help staff to best support their pupils
  • In collaboration with the school PSHE lead, weave health and wellbeing topics across the curriculum
  • Supporting staff to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health needs in pupils and what to do if they have concerns around a child
  • Support staff mental health and wellbeing, ensuring that they are given the right emotional and practical support so that they can, in turn, support their pupils
  • Liaising closely with parents and carers of pupils showing signs of mental health needs to ensure that support is put into place as soon as possible to help the child and/or family
  • Further develop strategies for supporting at-risk pupils and families
  • Signposting relevant local and national help and support to children and parents in need where available
  • Researching local and national initiatives which could be employed to further support and promote good mental health and wellbeing
  • Assessing how best to support all children and staff to promote healthy wellbeing and resilience


The class teacher:

  • Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils

  • Promote good progress and outcomes for pupils

  • Plan and teach lessons in which teaching responds to the strengths and needs of pupils with SEN

  • Work closely with support staff in the planning and monitoring of interventions

  • Make accurate and productive use of assessment to inform the four part cycle

  • Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment

  • Fulfil wider professional responsibilities in relation to SEN eg. the effective deployment of support staff, professional development, acting on specialist advice

  • Communicate effectively with parents with regard to pupils achievements and pupils well-being


Support Staff:The SENTA, Mrs S. Longstaff, supports individuals and groups of pupils at SEN support level of provision, both in class and through withdrawal for targeted interventions/ programmes. She also works closely with any pupil who has an Education, Health and Care Plan on an individual basis. 


Teaching assistants work with individuals and groups of pupils in classes at SEN Support level of provision. They may also support pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan. They work under the direction of the class teacher to support children where needed. Support staff may deliver targeted interventions across the school under the direction of the SENCO. 


The designated teacher for child protection is Mr S. Pickup


The designated members of staff responsible for managing pupil premium are Mr. S. Pickup and Mrs. C. Gill