Vane Road Primary School

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External Agencies & Partnerships

The school enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families, particularly when a child is demonstrating further cause for concern or their learning need is more complex and persistent. The external specialists may:

  • Act in an advisory capacity
  • Extend expertise of school staff
  • Provide additional assessment
  • Support a child directly
  • Suggest statutory assessment is advisable
  • Consult with all parties involved with the children,


We work with the following professionals to effectively support children with specific needs in:


Social, emotional and mental health include: 

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Educational Psychologist 
  • Crisis Response 
  • Emotional Wellbeing Effective Learning Team
  • School Counsellor - Nalini Muller
  • Piece of Mind (Previously Mental Health Support Team)
  • Behaviour Intervention Team (BIT)


Communication and Interaction include:   

  • Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT)
  • Autistism and Social Communication Team (ASC)
  • Social Communication Assessment Team (SCAT)
  • Advisory Inclusion Teachers e.g. English as a second language
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Access Technology


  Cognition and Learning include:

  • Cognition and Learning Team formerly the Special Education Needs and Disabilities Team (SEND)
  • Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT)
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)


Sensory and Physical include:    

  • Movement Support Team
  • Physio Therapist Service
  • Occupational Therapist Service
  • Autistism and Social Communication Team (ASC)
  • Sensory and Physical Team


In addition we also liaise with: 

  • Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
  • School Nurse
  • Other medical professionals such as paediatricians.
  • The Service for Hearing Impaired
  • Looked After Children Team
  • One Point
  • Social Workers


The agency involved would depend on the area of concern and teaching staff would discuss this with the SENDCo  and parents / carers before any action is taken.

Also, we would take into account any advice from other professionals and would put this into practice.  The child may then receive further differentiation of activities or more opportunities to participate in small group intervention activities.

Click on the link for the Core Assets Children’s Services which has been commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children to deliver Independent Support to young people and their families in partnership with  local authorities, and parent and carer forums.