Schools, Post-16 colleges and the Pupil Referral Unit may contact the Advisory teacher for SEND (Secondary / Post 16), if a young person continues to struggle to make progress in school, once all avenues of in-house support have been tried. A young person does not need to have an EHCP for a school to access support from the Advisory Teacher, nor a diagnosis of any kind. A young person must, however, have a recognised SEND (Special Educational Need and/or Disability) and be on ‘School Support’.
The Advisory Teacher is able to support schools through individual consultations with SENCOs, staff training, and lesson observations of a young person, with personalised strategies provided post-observation. The Advisory Teacher is also able to attend school meetings to provide impartial advice when discussing a young person’s progress. Training is also provided centrally as well as co-ordinating and attending SENCo meetings, where good practice is shared.
The Advisory Teacher for SEND (Secondary / Post 16) is also the Havering Link for the National SENCo Award programme run by the University of East London (UEL), a Master’s Level accreditation that all new SENCOs must hold within 3 years of appointment.
Examples of training provided to schools
Understanding ADHD and effective strategies to use in school
Effective deployment of Teaching Assistants (for both Teaching Staff and Teaching Assistants)
Differentiation / Curriculum Access for students with SEND
Quality First Teaching (QfT)
New SENCo / Individual Staff Coaching
The Advisory Teacher tailors all training to the specific needs of schools / young people and requests for staff training is made by the SENCo.