External Places of Support for Parents
Parent Support Advisors
The Community of Learning employs three Parent Support Advisors. Their job is to help and support families. The following list is an example of the work they can do but it is not limited to these examples.
- Helping to improve behaviour and attendance
- Overcoming barriers to learning to help parents support their children’s learning
- Working with parents to increase their involvement in their child’s education, both at school and at home
- Advising and signposting parents with regard to available support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities
The Parent Support Advisors work across all fifteen schools in our Community of Learning. The PSA for our school is Siobhan Armstrong. Referrals to her are made through school.
Other places of support for parents
Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service provides free, confidential information, advice and support through a range of services. It is an impartial service which can include home visits, attending meetings in educational settings and liaison with all services working with children and young people. Training and guidance to parents/carers, young people and professionals on SEND issues are also provided.
Core Assets can provide Independent Supporters who are able to act as a named contact person providing information and support for parents of children with SEND, and young people with SEND, through the Education Health and Care Planning processes. Support can be offered via our website, our dedicated telephone helpline and via face to face support. Face to face support may be designed around any point in a 20 week period and achieved with time limited sessions with the parent or young person. Although the time spent with parents, carers and/or young people can vary, it is likely to in the region of 8 hours