Support from external advisors and specialist services
We work alongside a range of specialist services who support us to assess, diagnose and make appropriate provision for pupils with SEND. These include:
Solihull Specialist Inclusion Support Services - SISS
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Team - we pay for 80 hours of specialist support a year. This is used for observations of pupils, meetings with parents, 1:1 diagnostic work with pupils, 1:1 therapeutic work with pupils, production of reports and for staff training.
- ASD Team - support from this team is free to school and targeted at pupils with a diagnosis of autism who are really struggling in school. It includes observations of pupils, advice and support to the SENCO, teachers, parents and carers. Newly diagnosed pupils with a high level of need, can be supported with the creation of a pupil profile by members of this team.
- Sensory and Physical Impairment Team - pupils in school with diagnosed hearing loss, visual impairments or physical disabilities are supported by members of this team who visit to support pupils in class, provide advice to teachers and parents and conduct appropriate staff training. In specific cases, technical equipment can be provided by this team, such as a radio aid for a pupil with significant hearing loss.
- Speech Language and Communication Disorders Team - This team will only work with pupils who have a diagnosed speech or language disorder. They offer blocks of support through staff from the two speech and language ARCs and provide targets for pupils and support to staff as well as meeting with parents.
Solihull SEND team
Early Years Support and Assessment Team EYSAT - support from this team is free to school, a specialist member of staff will observe the child in our Nursery and provide advice and support to staff and parents and assist with referrals to other services or for an EHCP if required. Support is only available from this team in the first two terms of Nursery and in pre-school settings.
Educational Psychology EP - The school has a named EP whose time we buy in each term. She will assess or work with individual children, advise teachers and provide training as required.
SENTAA is a private organisation that provides learning assessments of pupils. Our named teacher will visit school to work 1:1 with pupils assessing their reading, writing and mathematical skills and underlying ability. SENTAA reports provide an overview of the pupil's ability and suggests appropriate actions and interventions to support their learning. They can diagnose dyslexia and dyscalculia. In addition they provide training to school staff. The school pays for this service.
In addition to these school specific services, we are also able to make referrals to NHS bodies including:
- Speech therapy - we can refer for blocks of speech support or for diagnosis of language difficulties.
- Occupational Therapy - we make referrals for this service to diagnose specific physical difficulties such as dyspraxia (although a diagnosis must be confirmed by a paediatrician) and suggest interventions and equipment to support children with physical difficulties, also to support pupils with high levels of sensory need. Note there is currently a long waiting list for this service.
- Specialist Assessment Service - Where needed we can refer to the SAS for a diagnosis of autism. This is a lengthy process as we are required to collect evidence over at least 2 terms and involve external specialists.