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Roles and Responsibilities


Our SENCO, Hazel Waterhouse, is responsible for the operation of the Special Needs Policy and the co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children with additional needs.


Our SENCO works closely with the SEND Governor, Helen Donoghue, to ensure appropriate support and provision for all children.


Other SEND staff work with the SENCO to deliver specific provision across the school.


Class teachers, with the support of the SENCO, liaise with parents/carers, children, outside agencies and teaching assistants to monitor progress and plan interventions or change interventions where necessary.


The SENCO has regular contact with a wide range of external agencies that are able to give more specialised advice.




Assistant Head and SENCO - Hazel Waterhouse

Early Years SENCO - Anna Lewis

SEND Governor - Helen Donoghue

Inclusion Manager - Jane Griffiths

Learning Mentors - Louise Szydlowska, Gemma Scott and Emma Preece

ELSA trained Staff: Gemma Scott, Louise Szydlowska, Emma Preece and Rebecca Cosh

Elklan trained teaching assistants - Speech and Language intervention - Amanda Edwards

Cool Kids trained Staff - Richard Butler and Gemma Scott

Speech and Language Therapists - Judy Land and Dianne Owens (Hadley)

Link Educational Psychologist - Meryl Newton

Link Learning Support Advisory Teacher - Ceri Hurst


All staff plan for and deliver intervention sessions for children who may need additional support in the classroom.


SEND Staff Training and Qualifications


Our SENCO, Hazel Waterhouse, has completed and achieved the NASENDCO Award September 2013.

Our Early Years SENCO, Anna Lewis, has completed and achieved the NASENDCO Award. 


The staff at Short Wood Primary School have personal experience of working with children with both specific learning needs and behavioural needs. Some of our staff have attended a wide and varied variety of courses and have qualifications in the following:


Diabetes Awareness

Moving and Handling

Emotional Behaviour Course


Intro to ASD and ADHD

Restraint Course

Bereavement training

Communication Friendly Classrooms

Cool kids training

Talk Maths


Asthma training


Precision Teaching


Speech and Language Courses


Selective Mutism

ELKLAN - Speech and Language support

Understanding speech, language and communication difficulties


Listen with Lucy

Contrastive pairs

Attention and Listening


Annual Training for All Staff


Child Protection and Safeguarding

Anaphylaxis and administering Epi-pen


Overall School: 93.4%