In September, I took up a new post of SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator); very different from my previous role as Head of PE and Prep 4 Class Teacher, which I had enjoyed for twenty eight years!
I had much to learn! My predecessor had left me detailed information to ensure a smooth transition and I have attended training courses, which are ongoing, to prepare me for this role.
‘Special Educational Needs’ is certainly not a label given to children; it is a very wide blanket. Throughout their school life children develop at very different rates, physically, socially and mentally. There are times when they might require some extra support in a particular area, maybe just for a short time. It is part of my job to identify where and when extra support is needed and to work with staff to ensure the support is in place.
In my role I also take individuals and small groups of children to provide extra support: some children really grow in confidence when working in a small group.
Parents are most welcome to come in and see me at any time and I can be found in the Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.