At Timothy Hackworth Primary School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:
- Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Speech and language difficulties (SALT)
- Fine and gross motor difficulties
- Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)
- Social and emotional difficulties and physical and/or sensory needs.
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
Enhanced Mainstream Provision
EMP is a mainstream school with enhanced resources and staffing. These schools are allocated additional funds and expertise in order to meet the needs of some pupils with requirements that can be met in a mainstream school environment, with additional support. EMP schools are not ‘special’ schools and pupils entering the school through the EMP route are simply added to the school roll, the same as any other child at the school.
Each EMP across County Durham has its own specialism, with Speech, Language and Communication being that of Timothy Hackworth Primary School. In order for this setting to be recommended for your child, Speech, Language and Communication must be the identified primary need. The decision to offer a child a place at an EMP is not taken lightly. A panel of specialists in the field of Speech, Language and Communication recommends places in conjunction with the Local Authority, and only after your child has met with one of the staff of Timothy Hackworth Primary School to ensure that we are confident that we can meet their needs. Your child may already attend another school, or an Early Years setting. The current provision will provide evidence to the panel, along with parental, Educational Psychology and Speech Therapy views in order for the panel to form a well-founded decision.
At Timothy Hackworth Primary School we currently have a 13 place EMP with children’s needs varying from speech disorders, phonological disorders (difficulty in processing speech sounds), expressive language disorders or receptive language disorders.
This provision currently benefits from one part-time speech and language therapist, employed by the NHS Foundation Trust, who provides direct therapy, monitoring, assessment and advice to learning support staff who are trained to deliver speech and/or language programmes to children. All support staff working with the therapist and the child have accessed speech and language training programmes. Children access the curriculum in class alongside their year group peers.