Roles and Responsibilities
Mrs C. Gill
Mrs L. Howse
Mrs L. Howse is the Mental Health Lead in school which is a new post from July 2020.
The Governing Body:
The Governing Body has responsibilities to;
- Assign a SEND Governor with specific responsibilities to oversee the school’s arrangements for SEN and disabilities
- Monitor the key responsibilities of the SENCO
- Ensure that all pupils with special educational needs are involved in the full life of the school as much as possible, taking into account individual need and the needs of the school population as a whole
- Ensure that the necessary provision is made for all pupils with special educational needs
- Monitor the collaboration between parents/carers and the school in decision making for pupils with SEN
The Head Teacher
The Head Teacher, Mr S. Pickup, has responsibility for the day-to-day management of all aspects of the school’s work, including provision for pupils with SEN. The Head Teacher keeps the governing body fully informed and works closely with the school’s SEN Coordinator, Mrs L. Howse.
The Mental Health Lead is responsible for:
- Promoting well-being, building resilience and good mental health across the school
- Developing a whole school approach to support mental health and well-being 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 well-being 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 well-being, 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 well-being
- Assessing how best to support all children and staff to promote healthy well-being and resilience
- Setting high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
Teaching assistants work with individuals and groups of pupils in classes at SEN Support level of provision. They work under the direction of the class teacher to support where needed. Support may take place both in class and through withdrawal for targeted interventions/programs. Teaching assistants are supported collaboratively by the SENCO and the class teachers.
The SENTA, Mrs S. Longstaff, supports individuals and groups of pupils at SEN support level of provision and any pupil who has an Education Health and Care Plan. Pupils with an EHCP are supported both in class and through withdrawal for bespoke, individualised interventions. The SENTA works closely with the SEN Coordinator to ensure that the needs of all SEN pupils are met to the best of school’s ability.