Blackhall Primary School

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Blackhall Primary School, Middle Street, Blackhall Colliery, Hartlepool, TS27 4NA

0191 586 4049

Blackhall Primary School

Inspire, Enjoy, Achieve

"Staff are ambitious for all pupils at Blackhall Primary School." (Ofsted, March 2023)"Children in the early years get off to a strong start. Children settle into school quickly and enjoy their learning." (Ofsted, March 2023)"Pupils learn to read well." (Ofsted, March 2023) "There is a clear sense of belonging and relationships between adults and pupils are strong." (Ofsted, March 2023) "Pupils' successes are celebrated. They are proud of their achievements and enjoy learning with friends." (Ofsted, March 2023) "Playtimes are happy occasions." (Ofsted, March 2023)"There is a love of reading throughout the school.. Pupils cherish these reading sessions." (Ofsted, March 2023)

SEND Specialist Expertise

SENCO and SEND Staff

Our SENCO is Mrs Claire Baker and she can be contacted by phone on 0191 5864049 or by email at . Mrs Baker holds the statutory National Award for SEN Coordination qualification required of all SENCOs and also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion from Bath Spa University. She regularly attends Durham County SEN network meetings and training courses.

More details of the SENCO’s role can be found in the SEN Policy which you can find in the School Policies section of our website.

Our Teachers and Teaching Assistants attend a variety of county run SEN courses and staff training workshops in school and are encouraged to keep their knowledge of SEN up to date.

External Specialists and Other Bodies

The school enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families.

The external specialists may:

  • Act in an advisory capacity
  • Extend expertise of school staff
  • Provide additional assessment
  • Support a child directly
  • Suggest statutory assessment is advisable
  • Consult with all parties involved with the child

How We Secure Specialist Expertise

Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEND. If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.

This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:

  • Providing staff training
  • Buying resources to support children
  • Enabling staff to run intervention programs
  • Paying for assessment and advice from outside agencies e.g. Cognition and Learning Team

At Blackhall Primary school, we liaise with the following agencies depending upon the individual child’s needs:

We encourage these professionals to visit school as often as possible to work with our staff and share their expertise. Wherever possible, staff implement programmes of work linked to these professionals e.g. speech and language programmes, exercises recommended by physical therapies etc.