Outside & External Agencies

The school works with a variety of external agencies which are listed below:

Pupil and School Support Service (PSS)
For students on the additional needs register or those being monitored.

Local Authority Educational Psychologist (EP)
For students being monitored for an external plan of support.

Communication and Autism Team (CAT)
For students diagnosed with Autism or anyone with identified Communication and Interaction concerns.

Physical Disabilities Support Service (PDSS)
For students with physical needs (gross and fine motor).

School Nurse
For students identified as being ‘in need’ usually via the pastoral team.  Students with medical issues/social emotional and mental health issues.

Forward Thinking Birmingham
For students with additional needs due to social, emotional, behavioural difficulties.

Sensory Support Services
For students with impairments with vision and/or hearing.

James Brindley
For students who cannot access mainstream education (Birmingham).

Whiteheath
For students who cannot access mainstream education (Sandwell).

Social Services
For students who are vulnerable.

Looked After Children Education Service (Laces)
For looked after children (children in care) in Birmingham

Please see additional information in relation to some of these services:

Visiting Teachers

Literacy Support
Mrs R Shoebotham comes into school on a half termly basis.  She has a background in supporting students with a range of difficulties and great expertise in working with students who have a diagnosis of dyslexia. She previously worked with the Pupil and School Support (PSS) Service. She prepares reports to enable school to create appropriate targets to meet the needs of identified students.  She works in a number of schools across the city.

In addition she has an independent company, Learning Solutions 4U, and in this capacity offers dyslexia testing and tutoring outside of school to parents across the city.  You could also contact Patoss, BDA or the Dyslexia Institute for similar support.

Sensory Support Service

Visual Impairment (VI)
Ruth Elliot visits the school on a regular basis to work with students with a visual impairment, advising on resources and strategies that can be used to support them. She completes Vision reports, Vision Management Plans and Teaches specialist skills. She carries out environmental audits, statutory work for Annual Reviews and Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP), contributes to Pupil Profiles, and provides INSET, monitors progress, liaises with parents and other agencies. She also takes part in Transition work.

Hearing Impairment (HI)
Davina Vincent visits the school on a regular basis to work with students with a hearing impairment, advising on resources and strategies to help support students in school.  She teaches specialist skills. She carries out environmental audits, statutory work for Annual Reviews and Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP), contributes to Pupil Profiles, and provides INSET, monitors progress, liaises with parents and other agencies.  She also takes part in Transition work.

Communication and Autism Team (CAT)
Anne Seymour visits the school on a regular basis to work with students with autism, advising on resources and strategies.  She carries out statutory work for Annual Reviews and Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP), contributes to Pupil Profiles, and provides INSET, monitors progress, liaises with parents and other agencies. She also takes part in Transition work.

Other Outside Agencies

Pupil and School Support (PSS)
Nicola Stimson is from Pupil and School Support.  This service works with schools to help pupils with cognition and learning difficulties progress and achieve to the best of their ability. Following an assessment of pupil needs, they support schools through training and modelling to build both their capacity and their ability to provide access to the curriculum and appropriate support for pupils with special educational needs (SEN). PSS works with schools to support their development of SEN policies and procedures and to assist them in the identification of successful provision to match the needs of all their pupils. They advise and suggest actions to support schools to deliver quality SEN provision.

Educational Psychology (EP) Service
The school Educational Psychologist is Rachael Mulcare, she provides professional psychological services for the young people at our school.  Educational Psychologists use their expertise of psychological theory and research to develop an understanding of situations, addressing a wide range of child and adolescent developmental issues, including special educational needs.  Her work will often involve observation and direct assessment with individual students and consultation with school staff.

We know that the best outcomes are achieved through positive collaboration between families, settings and support services.  Educational Psychologists ensure therefore to work collaboratively with parents.  An Educational Psychologist will only work with a child once parental permission has been granted and the young person has given informed consent.