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Schools and Families Specialist Services

Schools and Families Specialist Services

We are a team of specialist teachers and teaching assistants with additional qualifications and extensive experience in working with children and young people with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND) aged from 0-19.

Teaching, advice, support and training for pupils with the most complex needs, and for the staff who work with them, is available free of charge to all Nottinghamshire schools, including academies and PVI settings. Additionally, all schools are able to purchase a range of training and consultancy services which can be tailored to meet your individual requirements.

This offer includes:

  • Training and consultancy on the educational implications of a range of SEND including autism, dyslexia, deaf or sight impaired, speech, language and communication needs, Down Syndrome, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), acquired brain injury (ABI); dyscalculia, profound and multiple learning needs, emotional, social and behavioural needs.
  • Assessment and target setting for pupils with SEND including training on the impact of the Rochford Review, PIVATS, Portage (for very young children), specialist language and other specialist assessment methods. 
  • The Inclusion Development Programme and the DfE Advanced Training Materials for autism, dyslexia, speech, language and communication needs plus the DfE Advanced Training Materials for moderate learning difficulties
  • Working with parents and carers
  • Signs and symbols and other augmentative and alternative communication methods including British Sign Language
  • Inclusive technology and specialist software for pupils with special educational needs, including sensory impairments
  • Literacy and numeracy interventions (Numicon for example) and differentiation
  • Ofsted planning, preparation and follow up in relation to special educational needs
  • School self-evaluation of inclusive practice
  • Transition planning and person-centred approaches
  • Environmental audits for pupils with a sensory impairment.

Our staff are highly qualified and experienced and are deeply committed to high standards and improving life outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs.

We are a Nottinghamshire based service, with understanding and experience of the local context, and its particular issues and challenges. This helps us to support you more effectively.

Our service is professional, reliable, flexible and provides excellent value for money and we are nationally recognised for our work in a number of areas, including autism, dyslexia, speech, language and communication needs and SEND in early years.

The majority of training we provide remains free of charge. For further information on costs, please contact us directly.

Schools and Families Specialist Services Contact

Simon Ray
0115 804 0823

More information

School brochure pages on this service [PDF 96KB]

Services For Schools

Full School Brochure

For information about all of the services we offer, please download the latest Services for Schools Brochure 2018.pdf [6.72MB]