Specialist services

The contribution that specialist services and teams make to the progress and well-being of children with SEND

Teaching and support staff work closely with relevant members of specialist services who provide support for our school. The services which are working in our school this year are:

Specialist Service
Educational Psychologists

Frequency
We receive a package of visits from the Local Authority Educational Psychology Service. As a school we choose to buy in additional time with the EP Service as we feel it is of great value to us in terms of support and advice.

We hold termly meetings between the EP and the inclusion team to discuss caseloads, training and prospective new referrals.

Examples of what they do
For any individual child referred for support the EP along with either the leader of SEND or class teacher will discuss with parents/carers before a child is seen. There is then usually a combination of in class observation and individual assessment work with the child if deemed appropriate. The EP will then meet again with the parents/carers and the class teacher and/or leader of SEND to recommend strategies and suggest ways forward. A shared plan is then set which is reviewed through meeting and/or observation of the child later in the year/term.

At a whole school level the EP is consulted about any particular training needs the school feels it needs, or it feels would be beneficial to parents. These are then delivered by the EP to individuals, groups or at a whole school level.

The EP also periodically takes part in surgeries – short meetings with teachers to brainstorm ideas to enhance their teaching and to support any children with whom the teacher is unsure how to proceed. This mechanism can also support the school in knowing if a child is at the point of needing a referral for more targeted and individual support work.

Specialist Service
The Hearing Impaired Service

Frequency
By referrals for specific children.

If a child is in the Borough and it is on their EHCP or if they have been assessed and identified as having targeted or specialized needs, then they automatically receive OT support in school.

Examples of what they do
Support and advice to parents, children school staff on meeting the needs of HI and VI children.
Staff training.

Specialist Service
Occupational Therapists

Frequency
If a child is in the Borough and it is on their EHCP or if they have been assessed and identified as having targeted or specialised needs, then they receive OT support in school.

Children are referred through the referral form with the permission of the parents/carer.

Specialist Service
Kensington and Chelsea Speech and Language

Frequency
If a child is in the borough and it is on their EHCP or if they have been assessed and identified as having targeted or specialised needs, then they automatically receive SALT support in school.

Children are referred through the referral form with the permission of the parents/carer.

Examples of what they do
The Speech Therapist (SALT) and Communication Teacher from meets with the leader of SEN/D at the beginning of the year to discuss which children need language and communication support and at which level. The SALT assesses children, creates and reviews a programme to be carried out by the staff at school and in some cases works directly with individual children. The caseload is reviewed three times a year depending on the needs of the child.

SALT also periodically take part in surgeries – short meetings with teachers to brainstorm ideas to enhance their teaching and to support any children with whom the teacher is unsure how to proceed. This mechanism can also support the school in knowing if a child is at the point of needing a referral for more targeted and individual support work.

Specialist Service
Kensington & Chelsea Education Welfare Service

Frequency
Present at the school half termly. Referrals are made for Penalty Notices, unauthorised holidays and poor attendance.

Examples of what they do
Regularly meets with the school Pastoral Support Officer to review all children whose attendance falls below 95%.

Specialist Service
The CAMHS Team

Frequency
Referrals made as and when deemed necessary and appropriate.

Examples of what they do
Support for the emotional and personal development of children and families following referral.

Specialist Service
Social Services

Examples of what they do
Support for the emotional and personal development of children.

Staff training.

Specialist Service
Health visitor/school nurse

Frequency
Based in school weekly. Referrals are made with permission from parents/carer.

Examples of what they do
The school nurse attends our school once a week. She helps with making medical referrals. She discusses with the parents and professionals any issues, concerns that may have arisen and provides feedback. Can help school and families with liaising with other health professionals.

Specialist Service
Child Psychologist / CAMHS

Frequency
In conjunction with parents/carers referrals are made to CAMHS if there is concern a child may have a social communication disorder such Autism for full assessment. When a referral is made they will come in to school as part of the process to observe the child and gather information from school.

Examples of what they do
The carry out full diagnostic assessment of children looking at ASD and other social communication disorders. They will then provide advice to the families and school as to how best meet that child’s individual needs.

The glossary at the end of this page explains what each of these teams does.

Each service has referral and eligibility criteria – this means that service support is targeted on children with higher levels of need.

For example, speech and language therapy service:
http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/az/az.aspx?orgid=4902&

The Occupational Therapy service:
http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/contactsdirectory

These services provide a range of support including:

  • working one to one and with small group work with children
  • providing training for teaching and support staff
  • helping us to assess needs and plan next steps and review progress

We will always involve you in any decisions about whether your child has a special educational need and the best ways to provide support. If your child requires these services we will involve you in the process at every stage: we will ask you to sign a referral form before the support can go ahead.

You can find more information about specialist services who work with Kensington and Chelsea schools in the Local Authority Local Offer website: Health and Care Services Section. More information can be found by visiting the SEND Local offer page on the RBKC website: Click here to go to this website.