Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

A good day to you from the Special Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENCO)

dpaHello, I’m Dougal Partington and I am the SENDCo at Fir Vale. I worked as a primary school teacher (and primary SENDCo) for six years, but since 1998 have worked in secondary schools in the area of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). I became a SEND Advanced Skills Teacher in 2006. I am proud to have been part of the Fir Vale team since 2008, where I started as a teacher of Special Needs and then became our SENDCo, Assistant Head and Special Needs teacher in 2011.

A warm welcome to you from the Leader of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

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Hello, I’m Dawn Broom and I am the Leader of SEND at Fir Vale. I have worked in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for over twenty years in a variety of settings including Special School, Secondary School with a Resourced Provision and Post 16. I am a qualified Dyslexia Tutor, a qualified SENDCO and am also qualified to Post Graduate level in Literacy and Language Development and History. Here at Fir Vale I lead an incredibly talented and committed team of professionals who are dedicated to making a difference and getting the best academic, social and vocational outcomes for the young people we work with. I am passionate about Special Educational Needs and believe in Inclusion for all students. My aim is for students at Fir Vale with SEND to make progress both academically and socially.

We are a fully inclusive school and currently have over 250 students on our Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) register, with a full range of SEND including: -

The ethos at Fir Vale of ‘every teacher a teacher of SEN, Literacy and English Language Development’ is fully embedded in every classroom and reflected in rigorous staff training and high expectations in these areas.

The linked PowerPoint 'Working in and out of the classroom' gives more information about how we co-ordinate our in class and withdrawal interventions with other departments and agencies to make the real difference that students experience.

Fir Vale school as part of the SEND local offer:

To find out more about what we and other local schools offer in terms of Special Needs provision please follow the Local Offer link below. Then, to see more detail of Fir Vale’s extensive provision for SEND, click on Local Offer, then Education Learning and Training and search for Fir Vale.

The Local Offer Website

Keep up to date with what’s new in SEND at Fir Vale and nationally by checking this section of the website.

SEND Information Report and Policy 2021
Working in and out of the classroom