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! 

School Counsellor 

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