SEND Information Report: What support from outside does the school use to help my child?
The school works with a number of external agencies to seek advice and support to ensure that the needs of all children are fully understood and met. These include:
Educational Psychology Service
Our attached Educational Psychologist is Ms Hannah Harvest.
Ms Harvest works with the SEND Lead Teacher, the teachers, the support staff, the parents and the children to assess children’s needs, set appropriate learning targets, give advice to staff about the best ways to help children meet the targets, support referrals to other services and applications for statutory assessment.
Speech and Language Therapy
Our attached Local Authority Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) is Ms Louise Coates.
We receive support from the SALT who will make assessments of individual children referred to them by the school, set targets, review progress, engage with parents, work with some children in a clinic outside school and support small group work in school.
We have a school counsellor, Mrs Tara Green, who works with children who have been referred to her on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. She will work with children either individually or within a small group, and is able to offer immediate support and longer-term support, depending on the individual child.
Park Hill Junior School is supported by a mentor from the Mighty Men of Valour. He works with children that have been referred to him, on an individual or small group basis, mentoring them to enable them to make the right decisions.
Croydon Sensory Support Service (CSSS)
Croydon Sensory Support Service (CSSS) support the educational access and achievement of children and pupils with hearing and visual impairments and encourage pupil participation in all aspects of school life.
The specialist teaching and support staff of CSSS develop working partnerships with health professionals, families, carers, school staff and pupils. Our aim is to maximise for all pupils:
- educational achievement
- successful participation
- independence and confidence in the management of disability for life.
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
This service offers advice, assessment and treatment for children who have a serious mental health disorder or psychological difficulties. It can also offer support for their families.
Virtual School for Children who are Looked After
This service oversees and monitors provision for children who are in care of the Local Authority
This service offers advice on local SEN issues, the statutory process relating to SEN and national organisations. They also provide drop-in advice sessions for parents. They will be providing Independent Support Volunteers to help any family going through an EHC Plan needs assessment and the process of developing an EHC Plan. Support will be provided to new entrants to the system, children with a Statement converting to an EHC Plan and young people with a Learning Disability Assessment converting to an EHC Plan.