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Specialist Teachers - SEND

Hackney Learning and Technology Centre,
Hackney Education (SEND),
1 Reading Lane,
E8 1GQ
Telephone: 020 8820 7144 (Suki Work)
020 8820 7705 (Chris work)


Who are we? 

The Specialist Teaching service is one of the services that make up the Inclusion and Specialist Support Team

Specialist Teacher services are provided by a team of highly qualified teachers. Their extensive experience enables them to understand and meet the needs of children and young people with a wide range of additional needs and SEND.

Teachers and practitioners within this team have a wide range of SEND specialisms including:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs
  • Cognition and Learning needs (including Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia)
  • Complex needs
  • Medical needs 

What do we do? 

Specialist Teachers support development of inclusive practice in all settings.

They help coordinate a termly SENCo forum and annual SENCo Conference to bring practitioners together to learn and share good practice. They offer regular training and workshops on inclusive practice, current SEND topics and relevant annual events such as supporting transition between stages of education for example the move from primary to secondary school for pupils with SEND. 

Specialist teachers can help setting understand and set up effective interventions for individual pupils. 

How can we work with schools to meet individual needs of young people with SEND?

We support SEND development needs of staff in schools and colleges and offer support and advice on meeting the individual needs of children and young people.

We can support settings with:

  • Training support 
  • Specialist advice
  • Policy writing and understanding new legislation,
  • Providing differentiated classroom strategies
  • Setting up  teaching and interventions for pupils 
  • Running direct teaching and interventions for pupils

How support from this service funded? 

Specialist teaching is a traded SEND service. This means schools and settings can decide to buy-in support from us. Schools can decide which support we offer best meets their needs and the needs of individual pupils with SEND who attend their settings. 

We work with children and young people with additional needs at SEN Support level and with Education Health Care Plans. 

Both SEN Support and EHC Plans draw in extra funding to support young people with additional needs. 

How does this service work with parents and carers? 

Some teachers within this service are licensed by NAS to deliver the Early Bird, Early Bird Plus and Teen Life accredited courses for parents. 

The Autism Family Support Worker can work with young people and families in the home and also runs parent-carer information and advice workshops in schools. 

Specialist Teachers may contribute advice to Annual Reviews for pupils that have Education, Health and Care Plans if they have been commissioned to work with that child or young person. 

Teachers from this service run pupil forums to help support children making important transitions between phases of education. 

When invited specialist teachers may also take part in parent-carer specialist SEND advice sessions with for example SENDIAGS. This is dependent on individual availability. 

What services do the specialist teachers offer to schools and settings?

Specialist Teaching Support for SEMH (Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs)

  • SEMH Parent Carer Support
  • 1:1 Support Packages
  • 1:1 Support for School Based Anxiety
  • Class Observations

Specialist Teaching Support for Autism

  • Understanding your Autism diagnosis groups.
  • Training in Autism Awareness
  • Bespoke Whole School Training in Autism
  • Bespoke 1:1 or small group teaching.
  • Guidance and support on good practice for teaching children with autism. Referencing the SCERTS framework
  • SCERTs Observation and Consultation

Autism Family Intervention Worker

The Family Autism Support Worker supports children and families at home. This approach helps develop strong links and consistency of practice between home and school setting for the benefit of the young person. To help parents access support and advice from the Autism Support Worker schools can invite him in to deliver sessions to groups of parents and carers. Find full information about the Autism Family Intervention Worker here. 

Specialist Teaching Support for ADHD

  • Understanding your ADHD diagnosis groups.
  • Bespoke 1:1 or small group teaching.
  • Training on creating an inclusive environment for young people with ADHD.
  • Support Strategies for Staff

Specialist Teaching Support for Literacy and Numeracy

  • Training and delivery of specific literacy and numeracy interventions including catch up programmes.
  • KS3/4 Entry Level or Functional Skills
  • Level 1 English and/or Maths small group intervention.

Specialist Teaching Support for PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic) education

  • Bespoke 1:1 or small group
  • Teaching on topics from the new Relationship, Sex and Health Education scheme

Specialist Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties

  • Dyslexia screenings, consultations and reports.
  • Bespoke Parent Workshops
  • 1:1 Consultations around Needs and Support

Specilaist Teaching Support for Assistive Technology

  • Individual assessments
  • Bespoke recomendations and advice and support about young people who may need technology to access the curriculum. 

Find information about the assitive technology support offer here.

Specialist Teaching Support for SENCo Support

  • General Support for SENCos.
  • Annual Review support
  • Setting up Interventions
  • Training for Staff
  • Annual SENCo Supervision

Medical Needs Team Specialist Teacher

The Medical Needs Team Specialist Teacher supports pupils with health needs well enough to attend school.They can offer practical advice to schools on how they can support the inclusion of pupils with medical needs. Strong links with other related services means advice and guidance on writing and agreeing Individual Healthcare Plans is also available.

There is no charge to schools for support or provision from the Medical Needs Team Specialist Teacher service for eligible children or young people.

Find full information about the Medical Needs Team Specialist Teacher here

Record Last Updated on: 04/06/2021

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Schools can buy into this service to help them meet the additional needs of their pupils

Who is eligible?

Schools can make the referrals to this service or referrals for specific support where they have chosen to commission support from this team. 

Referral required?


Referral Details

This service is not able to accept direct referrals from parents outside of the work described above.  

Parent who feel that input from the service would be helpful for their child or young person can discuss this with the school or settings SENCo. 

What to do if you have a complaint

How you feel about having used or experienced a service is important. Services often ask for feedback to help them understand how to make sure people they work with have a good experience.

If you have feedback about this service, something you liked or were not happy with, you can talk to the person who worked with you or, if you feel more comfortable, a service manager. They will try to help sort out any problems.

If you are still not happy with the service you can raise your concerns formally. This means someone who is not part of the service will look at your feedback or concern and see if anything can or needs to be done to help make things better.

If you need to make a formal complaint you can use the London Borough of Hackney complaints procedure.

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Buses: 30, 38, 388, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, D6

Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs

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