Hitchin Primary Outreach Support Service HPOSS is based at Oughton Primary & Nursery School, Mattoke Road, Hitchin SG5 2NZ Tel:01462 450716.
The outreach service covers primary schools in Hitchin and the surrounding villages.
As a team we are able to use our combined experience and skills to support settings and children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs SEMH and SEND that are at risk of exclusion.
Our support may include-
- direct work with pupils
- advice and training for staff
- assistance with identification of needs
- development of strategies and policies
Individual work with children and school settings is through referral to the service. We use the Hertfordshire Behaviour Strategy tiered system, to help identify the level of support required.
Sarah Lindus, Lead Teacher, has been teaching for 23 years in a wide variety of schools and settings and across a wide range of ages. She has a proven track record when working with children displaying social, emotional and mental health needs; reducing exclusions and increasing schools and settings capacity to meet their complex needs.
Her roles have included Leader of a Primary Support Base, Local Authority Advisory Teacher and Base Teacher, as well as mainstream and special school teaching. She is solution focused, ever-optimistic, positive and passionate about the role we play as educators.
Charlotte Dann has over 20 years of experience working with children from Nursery to upper KS2; this includes a specialist setting supporting children with challenging and complex needs.
Charlotte takes a lead role in developing visual resources for the team using specialist software. She keeps abreast of the latest research and makes benefit of ongoing courses and training opportunities; recently taking part in Protective Behaviours and tailored ADHD inset.
She plans her sessions meticulously keeping the needs of the child at the centre. She builds positive working relationships with school staff and forges supporting relationships with parents
Sylvia Ahmet has worked with children with complex needs for the past 21 years in North Hertfordshire. She has forged links with many agencies including CAMHS, CDC and CDAC, being an integral part of facilitating families to gain diagnosis and the relevant support. She considers continuing professional development as a high priority; recently completing Protective Behaviours and Drawing and Talking courses alongside a variety of other relevant training.
Sylvia uses a child centred approach when devising individual programmes of support and uses a wide range of strategies to achieve this. She is compassionate and works tirelessly to remove barriers enabling children to reach their full potential.