The Oxford English dictionary defines the meaning of teamwork as ‘The combined action of a group of people. (Murray et al., 1961). If staff work collaboratively in education they can pool together all their knowledge and specialism. The Children’s Act 2004 reinforces this and calls for professionals to work collaboratively, this provides a more rounded picture of a child, giving everyone involved a deeper knowledge of any situation leading to more thoughtful decision’s (Legislation.gov.
uk.,2004). Partnerships and teamwork should be built on mutual respect and trust and a shared understanding of how to meet children’s needs. Collaboration is vital within the school environment as it can create a community of individuals all working towards a combined objective. I am employed in a special needs school and I am the HLTA in a class of six children, all the children have profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). The staff team consists of Sue, the teacher, she is currently acting deputy head. She plans all the lessons and overseas the class.
Clare is a teaching assistant level two, she is jointly responsible for rebound therapy and all other aspects of supporting the children. Debbie is the physiotherapist, she helps to improve their movement, devises and reviews their treatment plans and therapeutic exercise, she is also jointly responsible with Clare for rebound therapy. Rebecca is an apprentice teaching assistant, she provides a limited amount of support for the children. We also have designated class safeguarding officer, Liz, she is responsible for the safeguarding of the children. Of the six children in the class, four of them are Looked After Children (LAC).When considering the safeguarding of the children in class, it is imperative that I collaborate with Liz. I can inform her of any concerns that I may have and together with the other members of the class team we can discuss any issues, which could include anything from personal care and hygiene to serious neglect and abuse. By relaying these concerns to Liz she can investigate and inform us of any findings.
As the children within the class are non verbal, it is crucial that we collaborate to keep the children and staff safe and healthy at times.The SEN Code of Practice 2015 covers, children with Special Education Needs (SEN) or disabilities and must have arrangements in place for the delivery of therapies, and one of the therapies is physiotherapy. (Gov.uk, 2015).
In order that the children have access to such therapies I would have to collaborate with Debbie the physiotherapist.