SEND Local Offer

2. How do we develop the skills, knowledge and expertise of Torriano staff?

All staff, including Teaching Assistants, have regular training and guidance to meet the needs of our children. Our Inclusion Leader has a responsibility to arrange and provide this training.

At least one of our training days has a SEND focus where we make sure that teachers and TAs;

  • have an awareness of the different special educational needs and disabilities of children in our school
  • are able to plan and teach/support lessons which meet the needs of all children
  • understand the social and emotional needs of children with SEND

Every year we do an analysis of staff training needs which includes knowledge and expertise about different SENDs.

Our Staff Handbook* provides written guidance about the different SENDs in our school. The Glossary provides a brief explanation of each area of need:

  • Communication and interaction*;
  • Cognition and learning*;
  • Social, emotional and mental health* difficulties;
  • Sensory and/ or physical needs*

We know that children may have a range of needs.

We provide a whole staff briefing on the procedures set out in our SEND policy – all staff receive a copy.

We provide/arrange training for all of our Teaching Assistants who are working with children with particular SENDs. This may include training in Numicon, Catch-Up Literacy, Catch-Up Maths, Handwriting, OT support and Phonics.

We provide specialist training for Teachers and Teaching Assistants who support children with the most complex needs.

We also provide training for staff new to the school on holding Structured Conversations with parents and carers.

Members of our SEND team also attend training sessions run by national and local organisations.

We use the eight national Teaching Standards* to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of all of our Teachers as part of their professional development. Our Teaching Assistants also have professional standards which are monitored throughout the year.


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