At Cotsford Junior School we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the pastoral, medical and social needs of SEND children are met. We are passionate about the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and how this impacts upon their learning.
We therefore offer a wide range of provision, with this specifically in mind. This ranges from specialist provision from Place2Be (a national charity) to support staff, trained to deal with this specific area of need.
Place2Be is a national charity working in 200 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional well being of children. We help children feel better about themselves and when children feel better about themselves, they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents. find out more about Place2be on our website.
Listening Matters aims to provide early intervention to support individual with social, emotional and mental health needs. Children, who would benefit from working for 6 to 8 weeks with one of our Listeners, are identified by the SENCO/Teacher through a referral and assessment procedure. Supervision of the Listener’s work is an essential part of the process and all our Listeners have received training provided by Brenda Meldrum, director of Playing Matters Ltd.
At Cotsford Junior School we adhere to the Young Carers Charter. This means we are committed to early identification of pupils who may be Young Carers and can direct them to any support they or their family may need. For further information, please visit the Durham County Council website, Young Carers Charter document.
Student Support Manager
Alison White is our Student Support Manager. She provides 1:1 and group support for pupils who may have additional emotional, social and mental health needs.
As well as being a Listener, she also focuses on attendance and supports pupils who may have additional behavioural needs.
Pastoral Support Program
If a pupil is identified as having additional behavioural needs, then a Pastoral Support Program (PSP) can be a useful tool to support a child. It is developed with the pupil and parents/carers, in order to determine targets and appropriate interventions.
Cotsford has close links to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and can refer into this service if necessary. For further information please visit the CAHMS website.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.