SEN Department
The SEN Department is made up of Karen Thomas, Katie Sawford, Deborah Wills and Gemma Lovatt. Our job is to clarify our students learning and development needs in close partnership with all staff and parents in order to work out the best way to deliver the support our students need to help them fulfil their potential.

We have built strong links with outside agencies and local support services to help our students and staff work together to achieve the best possible outcomes.
We are aware that parents may have a range of questions about SEN and on the website you can find the SEN Information Report which will hopefully answer at least some of them. On there you will find the SENCo’s contact details in case you need any further information.
We screen all our new students to identify literacy, numeracy and social and emotional needs. Some of our students will receive a 1:1 Reading, Writing and Spelling Intervention to enable them to confidently access the curriculum in class and to enable them to develop their independent learning. Alongside these interventions we also focus on working with all our teachers to help deliver Quality First Teaching.
To help our students with their behavioural, social and emotional needs within the existing ‘Whole School’ policy on behaviour, the SEN department is able to supplement this by offering individualised Emotional Literacy interventions. Emotional literacy,(EL). is defined as ‘the ability to recognise, understand, handle and appropriately express emotions’ (Sharp & Faupel, 2001 p. 1). All our students experience difficulties with some or all of the following aspects of their emotional development; self-awareness, self-regulation, self-esteem, motivation, empathy and social skills.
We are able to offer 1:1 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Therapeutic Mentoring (all under supervision from CAMHS) to help our students regulate some of their strong emotions such as anger and anxiety.
We also offer talking therapies which involve the use of art, drama, puppetry and sand-play to help our students explore their thoughts and feelings. In addition to this we offer small talking groups for our ASC students to help develop their social skills, as well as Lego Therapy.
We are in the process of a becoming a Trauma Aware School and we are looking to set up a Therapeutic Mentoring Room which will be supervised by the Trauma Recovery Centre. All of our work is underpinned by a passion and commitment to support each of our students with their individual needs.
Acting Headteacher: Mr. Powell

Northfield School
Knights Road
Blackbird Leys
Tel: +44 (0)1865 771703
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