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Barnsley Education Inclusion Services

Who we are

The service provides support for education settings, services, and children and young people aged  0-25 years who have identified special educational needs and/or disabilities. 

Their aim is to create positive change for children and young people by helping education settings and services be more inclusive and understand and meet the needs of children and young people. 

Barnsley Education Inclusion Services is made up of the 4 teams below.

Educational Child and Community Psychology (ECCP) Service

The service apply psychology to strengthen the assess, plan, do, review approach to SEND to further understand needs and reduce any barriers to learning.

We work with and through the people who support children and young people every day. This means that the majority of our work is with the adults who know the child and young person best.

You can find more information here.


Social Communication and Interaction (SCI) Service

SCI  provide support in schools and Early Years (EY) settings for children who have an identified social communication and interaction need or a diagnosis of autism. 

SCI work is agreed with schools in termly planning meetings with the SENCO

SCI work is agreed with private and voluntary early years settings via half termly Social Communication and Interaction Surgeries

Hearing Support and Vision Support Service

The service offer a range of specialised support to meet the needs of children and young people with a vison and/or hearing loss. Our aim is to remove barriers to inclusion and enable equal access to the learning environment and curriculum. 

The Hearing Support Service support schools, settings and families to develop

  • Language acquisition.
  •  Language development.
  •  Social and emotional well-being.

The Vision Support Service offer a wide range of bespoke packages dependent on the needs of the child or young person which can include the following

  • Teaching of braille, typing/keyboard skills.
  • Assessment and advice on curriculum requirements.
  • Teaching programmes related to the use of technology.
  • Development of personal care. 
  • Sighted guide training for people working with young people and their families.

Our service is accessed by a referral from health services.

  • NHS Audiology,
  • New-born Hearing Screening programme
  • Ophthalmologist Specialist.

First we do an initial need assessment. Following that an appropriate level of support is offered to settings.

We value our work supporting parents of children with sensory loss and are working with parents/carers in an established parent group called Deaf Friends 

There is a group of parent/carers of children and young people with a range of visual needs called Focus4Vision can support each other on their journey.

Portage and Early Years Area SENCO

The Portage Service works to support families of children with SEND in their home.

Portage work with children with SEND, aged 0-4 who are not accessing a 15 hour or more funded place in a setting. 

Portage workers work within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework to

  • establish next steps,
  • review progress and
  • support transition into settings.

Portage can be accessed via referrals (see website) from health or education professionals. 

The Early Years (EY) Area SENCO works to provide advice to staff in EY settings on the application of the graduated approach by

  • EY SEND Inclusion Audit and action planning 
  • Regular EY SENCO network meetings,
  • EY SENCO training
  • EY SEND Consultation Surgeries for EY practitioners with parents/carers on individual children (Dates and booking details can be found on our website)

Early Years: Learning together at home.

Early Years: Learning Together at home

This booklet has been developed by the Early Years Area SENCo and Portage Team for parent/carers, and practitioners 

It offers ‘top tips’ and ‘activity ideas’ to promote development in four areas -

  • relationships,
  • communication,
  • playing together
  • being active.

The booklet is in the downloads section of this page. 


Early Years and Primary and Secondary and Post-16 Transition/Re-integration Support Booklet

The Social Communication and Interaction Team have created these booklets to support with transitions.

The Early Years and Primary Transition/Re-Integration Support Booklet provides information and strategies to support pupils in the early years, transitioning to a new setting or moving from one class to another. 

The Secondary and Post-16 Transition/Re-integration Support Booklet provides information and strategies to support Y6-Y7 and Y11-Post-16 transitions, as well as supporting re-integration to school/college for all Y6, secondary and Post-16 students.

Both booklets are available in the download section.

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