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


Admin assistant – Sophie Heselton


SEN specialist Family support worker – Claire Tominey-Smith


Post 16 Transition Coordinator – Rachel Robin


KS3 mentor – Mike Rose


Down Syndrome Advisory Teacher – Helen Long

Support for Schools

SENCos and SEND Leads

  • SEND Lead 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 and email support
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Assessment tools library
  • SEND resources library

School Support

  • SEND Lead advice
  • 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 Transition Worker


  • Professionals training on range of SEN needs
  • NQT SEND Litebite training
  • Support for completing Mental Health Kite mark
  • SEMH solutions sessions with NESSie
  • MH Foundation accreditation
  • Part-funded EY SENCo CERTSEY training
  • Part-funded L4 SLCN training
  • ‘That Reading Thing’ training for Secondary

Support for Families

Parenting Support

  • Funded ADD-vance coaching for families, accessed through the DSPL7 SEND Family Support Worker
  • Parent training on a range of SEN needs
  • Transition workshops
  • Website and facebook page
  • Termly newsletter and training booklet

Support for CYP

  • NESSie Arts therapy for Primary
  • Male Mentor for KS3 students
  • Transition co-ordinator for Y11, students moving to Post 16 Education, Employment or Apprenticeships