Meet our SENDCo Miss Caroline Law
In January 2023, I had the pleasure of joining the wonderful team at St Michael’s Primary school as the new Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). My role is to ensure that children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) within our school receive the support they need to successfully access a creative and engaging curriculum.
Alongside overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy, my other duties include:
Supporting the identification of children with SEND.
Working with all staff to plan exciting and effective provision for learners.
Co-ordinating and assessing provision for children with SEND to ensure maximum impact.
Liaising with parents/carers of children with SEND.
Liaising with other providers, outside agencies, educational psychologists, behaviour support services and other external agencies.
Ensuring that the school keeps accurate and up to date records for all pupils with SEND.
As well as working closely with the children and their teachers, I believe it is vital to build a strong and positive home school link and I place great value on the input of our parents and carers.
A critical part of my role is to offer support and advice for parents and carers, therefore in these challenging times I would like to make sure that you all have access to guidance and strategies that may support your children and yourselves.
In the SEND section of this website, you will find arrange of information sources and activities which may be helpful in supporting those children who are experiencing difficulties. Some of the things I add may be directly related to the current situation with the Coronavirus, while others will be more general support. While some may refer to specific special educational needs or disabilities, often activities will be helpful for many children with or without a diagnosed need.
I hope that some of you will find this helpful. If there are any specific needs that you would like information on, please contact me through the school email address and I will do my best to source helpful guidance and activities. My thoughts are with you all during these tricky times and I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.
Miss Caroline Law
Please click on the titles below to find helpful information about each area
Do you need some support?
The Wiltshire Well-being Hub is available to anyone who might be struggling during this difficult time. There are hundreds of community groups providing invaluable assistance and they can also support with deliveries of food and other essentials.
BBC Bitesize have shared these excellent resources to support children's well being and mental health. They include tips on calming down and recognising emotions. Follow this link to check them out: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zh9v382.
Communication and Interaction
(This area includes speech, language and communication needs. Children with a diagnosis of autism or autistic spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome, have needs in this area.)
Cognition and Learning
(This area includes general learning difficulties (which may be moderate or severe), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and specific learning difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.)
Nessy Dyslexia Support
For parents with children at home because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Nessy is offering a highly discounted package of teaching solutions www.nessy.com/uk/
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
(This area includes children with ADHD or ADD, and others with challenging behaviours, underlying mental health difficulties (such as anxiety or depression), or emotional issues (such as disordered attachment).
Sensory and/or physical needs
(This area includes sensory impairments, such as visual impairment (VI) and hearing impairment (HI), as well as physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy.)