SENCo

Further information on the school’s SEND policies, including the school’s SEN Information report and SEND profile, can be found in the Key Info section of the website.

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to welcome you to our SENCo page, and I hope that you find the information we share here useful to your child, yourself and your family.

Firstly, to introduce myself and my role, my name is Sam Birkinshaw and I have been the Deputy Headteacher for Tunstead Primary since September 2021. I was very pleased to take on the responsibility as the school’s SENCo as part of my role, as I held this post for a number of years at my previous school. I have completed the National Award for SEN Co-ordination, along with a range of other courses to help best support pupils with additional needs.

In my role as SENCo, my main responsibility is to support pupils, parents, staff and external agencies in working collaboratively to help all children achieve to the best of their abilities. I really enjoy working openly and closely with families, even when this may require working through difficult topics and frank conversations. Should you ever have any questions, concerns or thoughts on anything to do with your child’s needs or SEN provision, then please contact me via email at senco@tunstead.norfolk.sch.uk, or speak to me on the playground at drop off or pick up times.

I look forward to working collaboratively with your family, and all those whose child has additional needs, so that their time at Tunstead is a happy and successful one.

Kind Regards,
Sam Birkinshaw

Norfolk-Healthy-Child-Programme

Dyslexia/Cognitive Difficulties

The Dyslexia Outreach Team has provided some valuable resources to support children with literacy and maths difficulties.

Please use the link: https://www.dyslexiaoutreach.co.uk/resources/strategies-for-parents/ for support ideas.

The attached word documents I feel are particularly helpful.

Further Links

General Information

Norfolk Local Offer – information about SEND in Norfolk

www.norfolkparentpartnership.org.uk – Information to support parents locally

www.familyvoice.org.uk – Information to support parents locally

Other Organisations

www.autismeye.com

www.asthma.org.uk – Information about Asthma

www.autism-anglia.org.uk – Information about Autism (this includes information about ADHD)

www.diabetes.org.uk – Information about Diabetes

www.bdadyslexia.org.uk – Information about Dyslexia

www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk about-dyspraxia – Information about Dyspraxia

www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx – Information and support around wellbeing

www.norwichmind.org.uk – Mental Health Information

www.sleepcouncil.org.uk – Children’s sleep

www.4dyslexics.com – Local, private assessment for dyslexia and dyspraxia