Newker Primary School

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Waldridge Rd, Chester Le Street, County Durham, DH2 3AA

0191 388 7099

Newker Primary School

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  1. Key Information
  2. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  3. SEND Specialist Expertise

SEND Specialist Expertise

SENDCO and Staff Expertise

Our SENDCO, Mrs. Kathryn Miu, holds the National Award for SEND Coordination (NASENCO).
Mrs. Miu works closely with our Parent Support Advisor, Mrs. Melinda Izomor. To contact Mrs.
Miu or Mrs. Izomor, please use the ‘Contact Us’ section of our website.

The school SENDCO’s role includes:
• Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy.
• Liaising with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after pupil has SEND.
• Advising teachers on using a graduated approach to providing SEND support.
• Advising on the deployment of the school’s delegated budget and other resources to meet
the pupil’s needs effectively.
• Liaising with parents/carers of pupils with SEND.
• Liaising with and be a key point of contact for external agencies.
• Ensuring that the school keeps the records of all SEND pupils up-to-date.
• Working with the Headteacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its
responsibilities with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements.

More details of the SENDCO’s role can be found in the SEND Policy (which you can find on our

At Newker Primary School all of our staff are responsible for the equality and inclusion of our
pupils. Staff expertise is secured in meeting the needs of pupils through:

  • Questionnaires
  • Performance management
  • Pupil progress
  • Regular SEND updates shared by the SENDCO
  • Staff CPD

Staff receive regular training regarding SEND. Recent training includes:


  • Epilepsy training from NHS nurses
  • SMART Targets
  • Peer monitoring
  • Supporting Lowest 20% in Reading (LSAs)
  • EEF focus in Maths and English
  • Emotional Coaching (all staff including Lunchtime Assistants)
  • Supporting Lowest 20% in Maths
  • Neglect and Poverty (PSA)
  • Makaton
  • Team Teach


The SENDCO works closely with new staff/ECTs/supply staff/students to ensure they are aware
of our procedures regarding SEND.

External Specialists and Other Bodies

At Newker Primary School, we actively seek the involvement of parents and carers and other

bodies to educate and meet the needs of children with SEND and regularly seek additional advice
external agencies. We work with an extensive range of services and professionals to ensure we
meet the needs of each individual child. We encourage these professionals to visit school as often
as possible to work with our staff and share their expertise.

The professionals within these agencies offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise for us to draw
upon and ensure we meet the needs of all SEND children (no matter how complex) both in school
and at home. Wherever possible, our staff implement programmes of work linked to these

The external specialists may:
• Act in an advisory capacity
• Extend expertise of school staff
• Provide additional assessment
• Support a child directly
• Suggest statutory assessment is advisable
• Consult with all parties involved with the child

Each year, children with a wide range of SEND attend our school and we continually strive to

cater for their unique needs and ensure they develop a range of skills during their time with us.
As a result, we have built relationships with a large network of external agencies to consult with
and offer support to children and staff respectively.

Below is a list of some types of agencies we work with regularly (and if you would like further
details about any of these, please contact us):

  • Durham SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
  • Emotional Wellbeing & Effective Learning Team (EWEL)
  • Communication & Interaction (Autism & Social Communication Team or Speech and Language Support Team)
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Sensory Processing
  • Movement
  • Assistive Technology
  • Behaviour Support Services
  • CAMHS Assessment Team
  • Epilepsy Nurse
  • Next Steps Consultancy Counselling Service
  • Occupational Health Service
  • One Point Children’s Service
  • Durham Educational Psychology Service
  • Specialist Health Visitor
  • Speech and Language Therapy

Please see the Local Offer Website (see our website for the link) for further details about the
support offered.

How We Secure Specialist Expertise

Specialist expertise is bought through the school and COL (Community of Learning). It is used
to support children and young people with SEND by:

• Prioritising to tailor-make learning to ensure small steps of progress are continually made
by all SEND learners.
• Purchasing Educational Psychology to identify additional support for learners.
• Buying into the Crisis response SLA to support our most vulnerable pupils.
• Individual referrals to specialist teams including Autism and Cognition and Learning Team.
• Training staff in relevant areas to meet and support the needs of SEND pupils.
• Providing direct support for children in terms of the staff that support them throughout the
day to meet their needs.
• Purchasing a range of SEND resources to support pupils.