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Which staff and agencies will work my child?

Aycliffe Campus

Teaching and Learning Consultant SEND:

Colin Fowler

Learning Support Assistants:

Tracy Bell

Joanne Fegan

Maria Ketch

Adele Leadbetter


Shildon Campus   

Special Educational Needs Coordinator, (SENCO):

Lisa Lumsdon

Higher Level Teaching Assistant:

Elizabeth Anderson

Learning Support Assistants:

Susan Brown                    

Rachel Cook


Transition Assistants:               

Sue Meacham

Rachel Raper

Between us we have experience of working with and supporting a wide range of young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.

Some of our staff have additional qualifications which are used to help your child access the curriculum:

ü  Postgraduate Certificate in teaching students with Dyslexia within the School Context

ü  AMBDA: Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association. The Joint Council for Qualifications approves AMBDA. British Dyslexia Association Approved Teacher Status (ATS)

ü  Postgraduate Certificate (SEN Coordination) in Education – National Award for SEN Coordination

ü  Cache Special Needs, Level 3

ü  Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding, Approaches and Intervention; Level 3


ü  Safe Handling course

ü  Working with Tree Tops, Occupational Therapy

ü  Attended Autistic Convention

ü  Attended Dyslexia Conference

ü  School representative at the SEN Panel meetings

ü  Worked in special schools with students with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and also Moderate Learning Difficulties

ü  Delivered whole school training for Special Needs, 2011/2012

ü  ‘A Whole School Approach to Improving Access, Participation and Achievement’

ü  Using materials provided by NASEN, National Association for Special Educational Needs.


Greenfield invests in continual professional development to meet the needs of all students including those with SEND. All new staff undergo a programme of induction which includes a session on SEND and a discussion of the needs of individual students. In addition, all initial teacher training students receive SEND training.

Staff training needs are identified and planned by looking at the needs of present and future students; if skills are found to be lacking we look to provide training to enable us to fulfil these needs. In order to maintain and develop the quality of teaching and provision to respond to the strengths and needs of all students, all staff are encouraged to undertake training and development.

The school’s SENCOs regularly attend the LAs SENCO network meetings in order to keep up to date with local and national updates in SEND. We have a Nasen membership.

We have strong links with our feeder primary schools via our community of learning, if cross phase issues are identified we can use this as a vehicle within which to plan and supply training; for example a recent EKLAN course about the needs for Speech, Language and Communication.

External Agencies and Partnerships

The school enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families, particularly when a child is demonstrating further cause for concern or their learning need is more complex and persistent. The external specialists may:

Ø   Act in an advisory capacity

Ø   Extend expertise of school staff

Ø   Provide additional assessment

Ø   Support a child directly

Ø   Suggest statutory assessment is advisable

Ø   Consult with all parties involved with the child


At Greenfield Community College we work with a wide range of agencies to enable us to meet the needs the needs of students with SEND and to their support families. Some examples are:

  • LACES virtual school
  • Full Circle
  • Inclusion and Achievement (SEND) Team.
  • Improving Progression of Young People Team
  • Inclusion and Achievement Service GRT & LAC
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Support and Development Team
  • One Point
  • One Point Personal Advisor to help provide quality transition from Greenfield to post 16 education providers or training for a studentwith a statement/Education and Health Care Plan as well as vulnerable students
  • NHS Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • NHS Occupational Therapy Service
  • NHS Specialist Nurses, advice on how to help some students
  • Sensory Support Service (for students with a visual and/or hearing impairment)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)  
  • Education Welfare Service               
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (Durham SEND IASS) ~ formerly Durham Parent Partnership Service
  • First Contact (Social Services)
  • Educational Social Workers
  • Cruse Bereavement
  • 4Real


Durham SEND Information, Advice and Support Service