SEN Specialist Expertise

SEN Specialist Expertise

Our SENDCO is Mrs Madeleine Fulton, Deputy Head Teacher B Ed (Hons)

Tel. 01388 746336


Staff Expertise

Teaching staff at OLST have extensive knowledge of SEND. The SENDCO and Head Teacher have both completed accredited SEND courses as well as extensive knowledge of a huge range of Special Educational Needs and Staff Training has recently been centred around a range of disorders that are becoming more prevalent eg attachment Disorder.  We also have two Teaching Assistants who have been specifically trained in the following areas:

  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Speech & Language
  • Better Reading
  • Talk Boost
  • First Class Maths
  • Relax Kids
  • Proprioception

In addition to the above, we also work in partnership with:

  • Parents, carers and pupils
  • Consult with relevant external agencies
  • Work with the County Durham SEND team
  • Use a range of assessment tools and materials
  • Use observations


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


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

These include:

How We Secure Specialist Expertise

Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN. In 2019/20    this amount is just over £37.000. The expenditure is monitored through reporting to the Governing Body. Costings can also be found on support plans and costed provision maps.


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

  • Strengthening the expertise and training of staff.
  • Our SENDCO has many years’ experience in this role and works collaboratively with the Head Teacher who was previously a SENDCO. We also have a team of teaching assistants who are trained to deliver SEN provision.
  • In the last academic year, staff have received CPD on Writing for Autistic Children, Attachment Disorder, Well-being and Mental Health with children.
  • We use specialist staff for a range of support and some Interventions
  • We invest in creating specialists within our staff by placing a high priority on CPD and working with staff interest in key areas. 
  • We continue to deliver CPD, in school support, the use of external specialists, SEN resources and keep up to date information through SENDCO network meetings.

If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.

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