Support services

Special educational needs support services.


The support service for children who are deaf and hearing impaired (SSD and HI) work with children and young people and their families offering information and support from the point of diagnosis of hearing loss to leaving school or college.

The support service for children with physical impairments (SSPI) offers educational guidance and support to children and young people (0 to 19 years of age) who have a physical impairment and/or a significant medical need.

The support service for children with visual impairment (SSVI) work with children and young people, and their families, offering information and support where visual difficulties may impede learning and/or development.

The county behaviour support service support schools to improve pupil behaviour and reduce exclusions, to support the re-integration of excluded pupils and to provide or secure the best possible education for pupils who are unable to attend school as a result of their behaviour.

The support service for special educational needs (SSSEN) delivers direct teaching to pupils of primary school age who have statements of special educational needs.

The early years special educational needs service (EYSENS) work with children aged 0 to five who have additional support needs in more than one area of their development.

The local inclusion officer service (LIO) supports inclusion in schools and settings for children and young people with special educational needs.