SEN Department
The students at Northfield have all been identified as having social, emotional and mental health difficulties and some of our students also have:
Communication and interaction needs;-this includes children who have speech, language and communication difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions.
Cognition and Learning needs; -this includes children who have moderate learning difficulties and specific learning difficulties like dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.

 Sensory and/or Physical needs; -this includes children who have visual or hearing needs and/or sensory issues that affect their learning.
The SEN Department is made up of Karen Thomas SENCo, Stella Morbin, Sue Morris, Sian Lowe, Katie Sawford, Josie Scammell and Deborah Wills. Our job is to clarify our students learning and development needs in close partnership with teachers and parents in order to work out the best way to deliver support our students 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 we have prepared an SEN Information Report for parents, which we hope will help answer any questions.

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 or Numeracy 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) so as 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.
We also offer a talking group 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.
Headteacher: Mr. Travis

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