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.
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.