DSPL7 support & services

Each DSPL is responsible for delivering the priorities of the LA SEND strategy 2018-23, developed to address the outcomes of the LA SEND inspection, at a local level.


Currently, these priorities are:

  • Behaviour and SEMH
  • Specialist Provision
  • Targeted SEND services
  • SLCN (including ASD)
  • Early Years
  • Post 16


In addition, we respond to local need through analysis of local and county data.

DSPL7 Team:

Lead school – Spiral Partnership Trust


Lead head – Androulla Peek


Manager and SEND lead –Elaine Bridle


SEN specialist Family support worker – Claire Tominey-Smith


Post 16 Transition Coordinator – Rachel Robin


Admin assistant – Sophie Heselton


KS3 mentor – Mike Rose

Support for Schools

SENCos and SEND Leads

  • SEND advice and support (can include visits/observations)
  • Half termly SENco/SEN leads meetings
  • Cluster group for new to role SENCos
  • Funded SEND Briefings with HfL in St Albans
  • Primary pastoral/mental health leads hub
  • Phone advice line (Friday mornings) and email support
  • Termly newsletter
  • Assessment tools library
  • SEND and nurture resources library

School Support

  • Down Syndrome advisory teacher and support package for schools
  • Primary outreach support and CPD from the Collett
  • NESSie SEMH support
  • SEN family support worker based with the local partnerships
  • Male mentor for KS3
  • Post 16 Continuum co-ordinator


  • Part-funded Steps training for 2 members of staff/school
  • Part-funded anxiety and transition workshops delivered by St Albans Plus
  • Professionals training on range of SEN needs
  • Support for completing MH Kite mark
  • Funded EY SENCo CERTSEY training

Support for Families

Parenting Support

  • Funded ADD-vance coaching for parents, accessed through School Family Workers in the local partnerships
  • SEN Family support worker accessed through the local partnerships
  • Parent training on a range of SEN needs
  • Simple Solutions sessions
  • Transition workshops
  • Phone advice line (Friday mornings)
  • Website and facebook page

Support for CYP and siblings

  • Monthly groups for siblings and young carers in Y2 – Y6 and Y7 – Y9
  • COVID-19 support group for siblings affected by lockdown