COVID-19 Service Update - Summer Term 2021
Visits and interventions in person
This term ISST teams will be increasing in person visits to schools and settings.
In line with governments guidance and before visiting schools and settings staff from our teams will be in touch to discuss:
- relevant safety measures in place or changes to ways of working due to the COVID pandemic
- how we can best work together to meet the needs of your schools and settings and your pupils and students.
Online meetings, support and interventions
We will continue to offer online interventions where:
- a member of staff remains vulnerable to in person visits
- feedback shows online meetings and training sessions are more convenient and useful and the best way of delivering our service at the moment
Home Visits updates
- The Sensory Team are currently discussing when it will be best to restart home visits.
- The Portage Service is planning to restart home visits in September in consultation with parents.
What if you need specialist advice during COVID restrictions?
Team managers from each service within the Inclusion and Specialist Support Team remain available to offer advice, support and information. Each service will do their best to answer individual queries.
Please contact the relevant managers for further information or discussion. Direct contact details are listed below.
Quita Smythe- Team Lead Inclusion and Specialist Support
020 8820 7233 (work)
07767007646 ( work mobile)
Fiona - Portage Team
Early Year queries for those with SEND not in nursery
020 8820 7588 (work)
07798882624 (work mobile)
Rachel Le - Lead Specialist Teacher Early Support Team
Early Years – Early Support queries for those aged up to 5 years of age
020 820 7291 (work)
07483 315028 (work mobile)
Queries about learners with the following needs;
Autism / SEMH Social Emotional and Mental Health / Specific Learning Difficulties / Medical Needs / Complex Needs
Suki Glendining - Team Manager - Lead Specialist Teacher for Assistive Technology
020 8820 7144 (Work)
07825230622 (work mobile)
Christine Radcliffe - Team Manager - Lead Specialist Teacher Complex Needs and Autism
020 8820 7705 (work)
07766922944 (work mobile)
Robert Raby- Autism Spectrum Condition - Family Support worker
020 8820 7449 (work)
Melanie Norton - Visual Impairment Team, including Multisensory Impairment (MSI)
Queries relating to those with sensory impairment
020 8820 7620 (work)
07799656556 (work mobile)
Tom Lilley- Deaf and Partially Hearing Team
020 8820 7202 (work)
07392 120212 (work mobile)
Who are we?
We are the Inclusion and Specialist Support Team (ISST) for Hackney Education.
We are a team of specialist support services including:
- Portage Service
- Early Support and Area SENCo
- Specialist Teacher Team - including teachers for; Medicl Needs, Specific Learning Difficulties, Autism, Assistive Technology and the Autism Family Support Worker
- Sensory Teams - Visual Impairment, Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)/Deafblindness and Deaf and Partially Hearing Team
What support do services in this team offer?
Hackney Portage Service
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 or carers may not always be sure how best to help their child develop. Portage can help understand how to encourage a child’s development. Find the full service information about Hackney's Portage Service here.
Early Support and Area Sencos
Early Support and Area SENCo 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. Find the full service information about Early Support and Hackney's Area SENCo here.
Team for Children with Visual Impairment (VI)
This team provides specialist teaching and intervention for children and young people with visual impairment, Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)/Deafblindness. Find the full service information for the Visual Impairment Service here.
Deaf and Partially Hearing Service (DPH)
This team provides specialist teaching and intervention for children and young people who are deaf or partially hearing. Find the full DPH service information here.
Specialist Teacher Team
Specialist Teachers are experienced in meeting the needs of children and young people with: Autism, ADHD, Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, Cognition and Learning needs (including Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia), Complex needs, Medical needs.
They 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
Autism Family Support Worker
The ASC Family Support Worker works with children and families at home. They can support strong links and use of consistent approaches between home and schools. Find full information about the ASC Family Support Worker here.
The Specialist Teacher for Assistive Technology and Inclusion is to carry out individual assessments, and give advice and support to young people who may need technology to access the curriculum. Find information about the assitive technology support offer here.
The Inclusion and Specialist Support Team's wiki website presents key information in a visual and accessible way. Access the team's wiki website here.
Record Last Updated on: 02/06/2021