Cambridgeshire SEND District Teams

SEND District Teams

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.

Schools will not receive a set amount of time at the start of the year. However, all LA maintained nurseries and primary schools will continue to receive one strategic planning meeting in September with their link specialist teacher. This will focus on training, themes, EHCP’s, supporting the use of OAP toolkit.

In addition, link Specialist Teachers will spend either two or three half days (3 hours) in each of their link schools per term. What this time is used for can be negotiated between the school and Specialist Teacher but could include:

  • Observation and advice
  • Direct pupil work such as modelling or intervention
  • Class teacher or parent drop ins
  • Discussion with SENCO
  • In school workshops

This will be used in one 3 hr block of time and link teachers will book in the x 3 half days with their schools at the link meeting in September.

All primary schools will continue to have a named Educational Psychologist. Time for schools may include patch networking sessions, SENCo drop ins, parent drop-ins, consultations and individual work for complex cases etc.

All schoolwork is agreed between schools and their link practitioner; there are no referral processes or thresholds to access schoolwork.

Educational Psychologists complete assessments for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).

County SEND District Manager - Alex Davies

Principal Educational Psychologist - Carla Stavrou

Each team has a SEND District manager who are, as follows:

SEND District Structure Chart [Size: 183 KB, File: PDF] as of December 2023.

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 Therapeutic Thinking (formerly Steps) is an 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.