The SEND District Teams work with children, families, schools and settings to support children with SEND. The team comprises of five multi-disciplinary area teams:
- Fenland (Wisbech, March, Chatteris, Whittlesey)
- Huntingdonshire (Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry, Yaxley, St Neots)
- South Cambridgeshire
- Cambridge City
- East Cambridgeshire
Each team comprises of the following posts:
- SEND Manager (previously known as Team Leader)
- Senior Specialist Practitioner
- Specialist Practitioners
- Senior Specialist Teacher
- Specialist Teachers
- Senior Educational Psychologist
- Educational Psychologists
- Access and Inclusion Coordinator
The Cambridgeshire Steps and Trauma Informed Lead post is a county wide role.
Each primary, secondary and special school has a link Educational Psychologist. Each primary and nursery school also has a link specialist teacher.
For more details of roles within the team please see; local offer SEND District
We are currently trialing the use of a time allocation model, therefore all school work is agreed between schools and their link; there are no referral processes or thresholds to access school work. The trial of time allocation will be extended, due to the covid pandemic, and reviewed in July 2022.
Educational Psychologists complete assessments for Education, Health and Care Plans.
The time allocation model gives a number of hours to each school for Educational Psychology and Specialist Teacher time.
County SEND District Manager - Rebecca Salmon
Principal Educational Psychologist - Kirsten Branigan
Each team has a SEND District manager who are, as follows:
SEND Service Teachers and practitioners work with children in the early years (with complex significant and life-long SEND needs) following the early support pathway. This includes:
- support and advice to settings
- SEND Little Learners groups for children and their families
- parent courses for children with social communication needs and autism.
Practitioners will work using an episode of care model. Once an episode has finished, the service can be re-referred via the early support process.
The district team provide a number of training opportunities. Schools may pay for training or use their school hours for some training opportunities.
Schools may also request bespoke training through discussion with their link Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher.
Cambridgeshire Steps is a therapeutic thinking approach to behaviour management which provides schools and settings with a wide range of tools and approaches used to support positive behaviour development.
Each team has an Access and Inclusion Coordinator who works with primary schools to promote the access and inclusion of children with complex SEMH needs.