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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, Dyspraxia and many more. She attends local SEND briefings with other SENDCos to keep updated with recent changes. She has completed a counselling course along with another colleague, Mrs D Schwandt.


Mrs Thackray is currently working as a Cluster Lead on an evidence - based project funded by Lincolnshire Learning Partnership (Mobilise) with the focus being on emotional health and well-being. She was previously a school-based lead for the past three years focusing on cognitive theory and memory and the effective use of teaching assistants. 


This year she is working closely with the Working Together Team hoping to gain the Aims4Lincs award. 


Mrs Thackray is also the designated teacher for Looked After Children and has attended training such as supporting pupils with attachment disorder and Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) 


The Family and Learning Mentor


Miss Coleman previously worked as a nursery nurse within the school nursing team supporting children and families with a variety of health needs. She is passionate about supporting children with social and emotional needs and has attended many courses e.g. social, emotional and mental health,counselling, self-harm and anxiety, Friends for Life, SULP and many more. She has also attended Team around the child (TAC) training and attendance training. 




Training has been delivered to staff in the following areas:


  • Safeguarding  & Child Protection
  • First Aid
  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Memory for learning
  • Clicker 7
  • Lego Therapy
  • Mental health first aider ( one member of staff)
  • Restorative awareness
  • Team Teach ( six members of staff)



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  completed the ELKAN course. Some teaching assistants are experienced in using electronic assisitive technology equipment. Support and advice is received from staff from the Outreach Inclusion service at St. Francis Community Special school and the Electronic Assisitive Technology Service (EATs)