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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Norfolk SEND Partnership
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.
Provision Expected at SEN Support
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/
Supporting Literacy at Home
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
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