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Outside/External Agencies

The department and school work with a variety of external agencies as listed below

 

AGENCY OR SERVICEWHO THEY MAY WORK WITH
Pupil and School Support Service (PSS)Students on the additional needs register or being monitored
Local Authority Educational Psychologist (EP)Students being monitored for an external plan of support
Communication and Autism Team (CAT)Only students with a diagnosis of Autism.
Physical Disabilities Team (PDD)Students with physical needs (gross motor)
PhysiotherapistStudents with physical needs (gross and fine motor)
School NurseStudents identified as being ‘in need’ usually via the pastoral team. Students with medical issues/social emotional and mental health issues
Child and Adolescent and Mental Health Service (CAMHS)Students with additional needs due to social, emotional, behavioural difficulties.
Sensory Support ServicesStudents with impairments with vision and/or hearing.
James BrindleyStudents who cannot access mainstream education (Birmingham)
WhiteheathStudents who cannot access mainstream education (Sandwell)
Social ServicesStudents who are vulnerable.
LACESLooked after children
 

Please see additional information in relation to some of these services:

 

Visiting Teachers

 

Literacy Support

Mrs R Shoebotham comes into school on a half termly basis.  She has a background in supporting students with a range of difficulties and great expertise in working with students who have a diagnosis of dyslexia. She previously worked with the Pupil and School Support (PSS) Service. She prepares reports to enable school to create appropriate targets to meet the needs of identified students.  She works in a number of schools across the city.

 

In addition she has an independent company – Learning Solutions 4U, and in this capacity offers dyslexia testing and tutoring to parents across the city.  You could also contact Patoss, BDA or the Dyslexia Institute for similar support.

 

Sensory Support Service

 

Visual Impairment (VI)

Ruth Elliot visits the school on a regular basis to work with students with a visual impairment, advising on resources and strategies. She completes Vision reports, Vision Management Plans and Teaches specialist skills. She carries out environmental audits, statutory work for Annual Reviews and Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP), contributes to IEPs and Pupil Profiles, and provides INSET, monitors progress, liaises with parents and other agencies. She also takes part in Transition work.

 

Hearing Impairment (HI)

Lynne Hopkins visits the school on a regular basis to work with students with a hearing impairment, advising on resources and strategies.  She teaches specialist skills. She carries out environmental audits, statutory work for Annual Reviews and Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP), contributes to IEPs and Pupil Profiles, and provides INSET, monitors progress, liaises with parents and other agencies.  She also takes part in Transition work.

 

Communication and Autism Team (CAT)

Wendy Bantock visits the school on a regular basis to work with students with autism, advising on resources and strategies.  She carries out statutory work for Annual Reviews and Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP), contributes to IEPs and Pupil Profiles, and provides INSET, monitors progress, liaises with parents and other agencies. She also takes part in Transition work.

 

Other outside agencies

 

Pupil and  School Support (PSS)

Martina Green is from Pupil and School Support.  This service works with schools to help pupils with cognition and learning difficulties progress and achieve to the best of their abilities. Following an assessment of pupil needs, we support schools through training and modelling to build both their capacity and their ability to provide access to the curriculum and appropriate support for pupils with special educational needs (SEN). PSS works with schools to support their development of SEN policies and procedures and to assist them in the identification of successful provision to match the needs of all their pupils. We advise and suggest actions to support schools to deliver quality SEN provision.

 

Educational Psychology (EP) Service

The school Educational Psychologist is Lisa Sabotig she provides professional psychological services for the young people at our school.  Educational Psychologists use their expertise of psychological theory and research to develop an understanding of situations, addressing a wide range of child and adolescent developmental issues, including special educational needs.  Her work will often involve observation and direct assessment with individual students and consultation with school staff.

 

We know that the best outcomes are achieved through positive collaboration between families, settings and support services.  Educational Psychologists ensure therefore to work collaboratively with parents.  An Educational Psychologist will only work with a child once parental permission has been granted and the young person has given informed consent.