Neuro & Physical Diversity
Our Assistant Headteacher for Neuro & Physical Diversity is Dr Helen Fisher.
The team are:
Dr H Fisher
Assistant Headteacher - Neuro & Physical Diversity
Mrs S Bryant
Education, Welfare & Pastoral Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
We support all pupils with high quality teaching and some targeted provision.
Neurodiversity is an umbrella term which encompasses a range of specific learning differences or difficulties. We accept that humans may have individual differences or difficulties but we seek to see the similarities and identify the right support. This is all part of the natural diversity of human beings.
At The Palmer Academy we follow the principles of Inclusion as laid down in the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs 2014:
To ensure all pupils are offered full access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum
All pupils will be given the opportunity to reach their full potential educationally, emotionally, and physically
All teachers view themselves as teachers of pupils with special educational needs, teaching such pupils is a whole school responsibility
All pupils with special educational needs should have their needs met
Pupil's special educational needs will normally be met in the mainstream classroom
Pupil's views should be sought and taken into account
Parents/carers have a vital role to play in supporting their child's education and therefore good home/school links are established
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
An ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) is a specialist Teaching Assistant who works with children who are showing a range of emotional or social difficulties. For example, anxiety, shyness, low self-confidence, sadness, angry feelings or friendship problems.
The ELSA plans with the child’s teachers to set individual objectives for the child. The ELSA will then work with the child, either individually or sometimes in a small group, using activities targeted to the child’s needs. Typically ELSA work takes place over 6-12 weekly sessions. ELSA sessions are designed to be fun!
Our school counsellor, Corinne, supports children to understand their lived experiences and develop the resilience to grow.