Neuro & Physical Diversity

Pastoral Team

Mrs S Bryant

Mrs S Bryant

Education, Welfare & Pastoral Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss H Chalmers

Miss H Chalmers

Assistant SENCO

Miss J Room

Miss J Room

Assistant Headteacher and SENCO
Inclusion Lead & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

As a school, we use the terms Neuro and Physical Diversity, and our SENCO is known as the Assistant Headteacher for Neuro and Physical Diversity. Neurodiversity is a relatively new term. It recognises the diversity of ways in which children think, learn and relate to others.


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! 

School Counsellor 

Our school counsellor, Corinne, supports children to understand their lived experiences and develop the resilience to grow.

Useful links

SEND Local Offer