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At Gayhurst we want to make sure that children are happy, secure and successful. 

Sometimes some children or their families need extra help to make sure of this. There is a team of adults in school who organise and provide additional support for children, their parents and carers.

Lisa Clarke manages the inclusion team which includes Lorraine Karunaratne (SENCO). They who work closely with your child’s teachers to track your child’s progress in school and organise extra support if your child is falling behind or has additional needs.

This support may be provided by adults in school, teachers, teaching and learning associates and teaching assistants, or by specialists from outside of school such as Counsellors and Speech and Language Therapists. If you think your child may need additional support or you are worried about your child’s progress please talk to the class teacher in the first instance, or to Lisa.

Pat and Julie, Learning Mentors, work with children in and out of class who are having difficulties with behaviour, learning or need emotional support. They also run groups for children to help them develop social interaction skills and to cope with challenges at school. They run groups for new children who arrive mid-term. Together with Ella Jones, they organise the School Council and meet fortnightly with the children. They also meet with parent/carers, pupils and secondary school staff to support a smooth transition to secondary school.

Dana Hansle monitors the children’s attendance and punctuality at school and meets regularly with the Attendance Officer at the Hackney Learning Trust to discuss any concerns.

A PDF document of Gayhurst's Special Educational Needs and Disability School Offer can be found on the Statutory Information  page  in the About Us section of this website.