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Highbury Primary School

SENCO

Hello, my name is Mrs Chaplen

I have the responsibility of co-ordinating the provision made for individual children with: Special Educational Needs, Social and Emotional Needs and English as an Additional Language.

I also work as part of the Senior Leadership Team. This means that I work closely with all staff in school, parents, outside agencies and colleagues throughout the city and across the schools in the University of Chichester Academy Trust. 

Support is available through:

  • Giving advice on issues related to Special Educational Needs, Social and Emotional difficulties and pupils with English as an additional language
  • Meeting with parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their child’s development or learning difficulties
  • Assessments of individual pupils to identify need
  • Referrals may be made to a range of other professionals such as: Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist and Specialist Teacher Advisors in the City
  • Work with our high-quality pastoral team including our pupil and family support – Mrs Hartt and our nurture team – Mrs Fuller and Mrs Moore.

SEND - What does that mean?

SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Children with SEND often have a difficulty in at least one of the following four areas:

Communication and Interaction e.g. Autism

Cognition and Learning e.g. Dyslexia

Social, Emotional and Mental Health e.g. Bipolar Disorder

Sensory and/or Physical needs e.g. a Hearing Impairment