SEN Specialist Expertise

SENCO and SEN Staff

Our SENCO is Maria Devlin M.A., NASENCO and can be contacted by email: m.devlin102@durhamlearning.net.

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.

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. At Ropery Walk Primary School, our notional SEN budget is used to support children and young people with SEND by:

  • providing additional resources
  • providing additional support staff to allow for focused small group activities
  • using outside agencies/assessments

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

A Costed Provision Map will be developed in liaison with the child, young person, parent or carer. An example of a costed provision map can be found here: