At Frank Wise school all staff are committed to providing high quality education for every pupil. We recognise that this will usually be best achieved when school staff work closely with parents, other professionals and all who are responsible for the care of the children who attend the school.
Each profession has specific roles and responsibilities and works under different systems. Education is no different except that all children go to school, therefore, we often become a focal point for other professionals who may be involved in some way with individual children and, if cooperation is to be effective, this requires careful coordination and management.
We believe cooperation is best achieved when respective tasks are clearly defined, roles and responsibilities are understood and the perceived requirements of individual professionals, pupils, parents and the school as a whole are correctly balanced.
It follows that the need to liaise about an individual child must be for the direct educational benefit of that child i.e. supporting teaching and learning and must not be at the expense of a whole class of children.
We are acutely aware that if we do not get this partnership right it can be detrimental to us all, particularly our pupils.
The four main paramedical support services the school receives are:
- Nursing (The school has a Clinical Nurse Specialist based on site)
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech and Language Therapy
Frank Wise School was designated a Teaching School in 2013 as part of a Multi-Teaching School alliance made up of ourselves, The Cherwell School and King Alfred’s Academy. Bartholomew School joined the Alliance in 2014, followed by the Grandpont and ACE Centre early years settings in 2015.
The alliance is called the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance, often referred to as OTSA. Within the context of the alliance, Frank Wise School is responsible for SEND across CPD, School to School Support and Initial Teaching Training, and our work is led by our Assistant Headteacher Matt McArthur
Further information can be found on the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance website.
At Frank Wise School we are highly committed to supporting all schools within the local community to meet the needs of learners with Special Educational Needs.
In doing this we offer an outreach support service to provide advice and guidance and can provide training and CPD for both Special and Mainstream schools.
As we are not funded to carry out outreach, we do need to charge for this service. Details of this can be found in the attached leaflet here.
Listening to schools – Shaping the National Agenda