SENCo

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am delighted to have recently started as SENCo at Tunstead Primary and begin to get to know your children in these difficult times of COVID and social distancing. I currently work at Tunstead Primary on a Monday morning, alongside three other SENCo roles at primary schools across the county. I gained the statutory National Award in SEN Coordination 10 years ago now and have thoroughly enjoyed supporting children, parents and teaching staff through a wide range of special needs provision during this period. I know these are extremely challenging and unprecedented times and if I can help you with any special needs question, please do not hesitate to contact me at senco@tunstead.norfolk.gov.uk for guidance.

I plan to update my page regularly, which will include links to valuable resources and websites which you can use to support the learning of your child, so please keep checking on my page! I aim up update the page every week during the current lockdown.

I look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure your child, and every child on the special needs register, has the support they deserve to succeed at Tunstead Primary.

Keep well and safe.
Darren Townsend

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.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Childline has a good range of resources to support children to feel calmer https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

20 Ways To Take A Break

Wellbeing Pack

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