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Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Mrs Mitchell is the Senco across the Federation of The Downs and Northbourne Church of England Primary Schools.

Role of our Senco
My role within school is to ensure all children who have been identified as having a Special Educational Need.  When a pupil is identified as having a SEN they will be entered onto our SEN Register, this ensures their additional provision can be monitored and reviewed regularly. We always discuss your child’s progress with you and together we will decide whether the support gained from being on the SEN register is beneficial to your child.

Along with monitoring provision and tracking pupil’s progress, I support teachers to ensure that strategies are in place to enable these pupils to progress and reach their full potential.  Sometimes it is necessary to involve specialist help in either identifying or supporting pupils, whose need, despite the consistent and thorough support offered by the school, continue to make little or no progress over a sustained period of time.  

Within my role I liaise with outside agencies and talk about children’s learning needs and how we can best support pupils in school.  Support could be either by introducing effective teaching approaches specific to the level and area of identified need, resources, strategies and interventions.  Throughout all of these processes I work with and support parents of pupils with SEN, we feel this is essential to the progress of all children within our school.

The Federation of The Downs and Northbourne is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.