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What training and experience do staff have for the additional support my child needs?




Mrs Thackray is a teacher who has over 15 years experience of being the SENDCo in Metheringham Primary School. She was fortunate to work as a consultant for a couple of years supporting new SENDCos in Lincolnshire. She has attended numerous courses on Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and many more. Last year she completed a counselling course along with two other colleagues, Mrs J Jones and Mrs D Schwandt. Mrs Thackray is also the designated teacher for Looked After Children and has attended courses related to this role.


The Family and Learning Mentor


Mrs Blake is currently undertaking a Foundation Degree in Special Educational Needs and Disability. She is passionate about supporting children with social and emotional needs and has attended many courses e.g. counselling, including bereavement, Troubled Children, Friends for Life, and many more.




Training has been delivered to staff in the following areas:


  • Safeguarding  & Child Protection
  • Team Teach (behaviour management)
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Epilepsy
  • Epipen
  • First Aid


This year training on Attachment disorder is arranged and training on Dyslexia and Dyscalculia  is to be arranged.


We are fortunate to have a team of experienced Teaching assistants who support children with physical needs. They hold the necessary qualification for Moving and Handling and work under the guidance of a Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist to deliver Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy programmes.


They have experience of supporting pupils with speech and communication difficulties. One teaching assistant has just completed the ELKAN course. Two teaching assistants are experienced in using Eye gazing technology, E-trans and other communication aids. Support and advice is received from staff from the Outreach Inclusion service at St. Francis Community Special school and specialist Speech and Language Therapists.


We have teaching assistants who have experience of supporting pupils with Autism and ADHD who use visual aids and other appropriate strategies. Support is received from staff from the Social Communication (including Autism) Outreach Service.