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Specialist advisory service: Supporting schools

Changes to the Specialist Advisory Service and SEND Outreach Teams

Due to some staffing and service changes, the Specialist Advisory Service and SEND Outreach teams will not be taking on any new referrals from Tuesday, 1 March.

Read more, NELC SEND Local Offer | Changes to Specialist Advisory Service and SEND Outreach teams (nelincs.gov.uk).

Specialist Advisory Service

The Specialist Advisory Service is a small team of advisory teachers with specialisms in cognition and learning, communication and interaction and social and emotional and mental health needs.

Here are some of the ways that the Specialist Advisory Service can support you and your school during the summer term 2022:

  • reviews of progress and attainment for those children and young people already being supported at ‘agency-involved,’ SEN Support
  • advice, guidance and information to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) and school staff on best inclusive practice for school-identified children with SEND
  • advice and guidance to SENDCOs on specific areas of SEND (including the Code of Practice, SEN support, the statutory process in NE Lincs and the graduated approach)
  • diverse types and methods of training, including termly SENDCo Forums, training for new SENDCos, formal training on identified areas of SEND, capacity building and virtual sessions
  • resource packages available on NELC website

If you are a teacher and think a child in your class would benefit from the support of a specialist advisory teacher, you can discuss the matter with your SENDCo. The SENDCo will bring the concern for advice and guidance to  the Specialist Advisory Service, if appropriate.

Contact details

Specialist Advisory Service, Civic Offices, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LN

Telephone:   01472 323314

Contact: Lead Specialist Advisory Teacher – Sharon Gest

Email: SpecialistAdvisoryService@nelincs.gov.uk

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