Coronavirus team update
From September 2020 staff in the Inclusion and Specialist Support Team are re-starting visits to settings and school.
In keeping with guidance for Hackney Education Staff visiting schools and early years settings, the team will be offering a hybrid service.
- Where possible meetings and training will continue to be delivered online and only essential work with children and young people will be carried out in schools and settings.
- The team will try and limit visits to one setting/school a day, to minimise the possibility of transferring infection and will liaise with schools and settings before the visit to discuss safety protocols. During visits staff will adhere to government guidelines on maintaining social distance, washing hands and using PPE where appropriate.
- Currently home visits continue to be delivered remotely, although it is expected that some home visits will start soon.
The teams include Portage, Early Support, autism support workers and Specialist Teachers for autism, SEMH (Social Emotional and Mental Health) needs, Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia, Medical Needs, Complex Needs, Visual Impairment and those who are Deaf or Partially Hearing. Team members continue to offer advice, support and learning resources remotely and will do their best to answer individual queries. For further information please contact:
To direct a call to the appropriate team member if direct contact cannot be made or to arrange a call back.
Quita - Team Lead Inclusion and Specialist Support
020 8820 7233 (work)
Early Year queries for those not in nursery with SEND
Fiona - Portage Team
020 8820 7588 (work)
07798882624 (work mobile)
Early Years – Early Support queries for those aged up to 5 years of age
Dianne - Early Support Team
020 8820 7291 (work)
07900836505 (work mobile)
Queries relating to learners with the following related needs; autism / SEMH Social Emotional and Mental Health / Specific Learning Difficulties / Medical Needs / Complex Needs
Suki - Specialist Teacher
020 8820 7144 (Work)
07825230622 (work mobile)
Chris - Specialist Teacher
020 8820 7705 (work)
07766922944 (work mobile)
Robert- Autism Spectrum Condition - Family Support worker
020 8820 7449 (work)
Queries relating to those with sensory impairment
Melanie - Visual Impairment Team
020 8820 7620 (work)
07799656556 (work mobile)
Tom - Deaf and Partially Hearing Team
020 8820 7202 (work)
07392 120212 (work mobile)
Who we are:
The Inclusion and Specialist Support Team has a highly trained team of teachers who are qualified and experienced in meeting the needs of children with a wide range of SEND.
Specialist teachers have specialisms in:
- Social, emotional and mental health needs
- Cognition and learning needs including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
- Complex needs
What we do:
We offer training, support and advice to schools and settings about meeting the individual needs of children and young people, as well as providing direct teaching and intervention.
Specialist teaching is a traded service which schools can purchase.
The Inclusion and Specialist Support Team provide a range of services to schools, settings, families and children and young people with SEND including:
Early Support and Area Sencos are specialist teachers and Early Support Officers who work with families and settings to identify and address children’s needs. They work closely with families, other professionals such as Speech and Language Therapists, and Plan Coordinators to ensure those children that need one have an EHC Plan.
Portage is a specialist educational home visiting service for pre-school children aged 0 - 5 whose development is delayed and who have special needs. Children learn from birth but some children learn more slowly and parents / carers are not always sure how best to help their child develop. Portage can help parents understand how to encourage a child’s development.
This team provides specialist teaching and intervention for children and young people with visual impairment.
This team provides specialist teaching and intervention for children and young people who are deaf or partially hearing.
The Family Support Worker supports children and families at home, and can support strong links and consistency of practice between home and school.
The specialist teacher for assistive technology supports schools to meet the needs of children who may need technology in order to access the curriculum.
Teachers from this team are also working on helping schools use interactive technology to make profiles of pupils and some services. This ensures:
- information is provided in a visual way that is more appropriate for some children and young people who process information differently
- enables families to use this to support the "tell it once" approach
- is person centred
- can lead to agreed information being shared and accessed in one place
Hackney Education Inclusion and Specialist Support Team (ISST) Wiki
The team's wiki website presents key information in a visual and accessible format.
Image : Hackney Education - Inclusion and Specilaist Support Team wikki website home page.
Access the team's wiki by clicking on the image of this link to the website here Hackney Education - Inclusion and Specialist Support Team (ISST) Wiki
Record Last Updated on: 14/09/2020