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Inclusion and Specialist Support Team

Hackney Learning Trust,
1 Reading Lane,
E8 1GQ
Telephone: 0208 820 7000 / option 4


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:

  • Autism
  • 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

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.

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 / carers are not always sure how best to help their child develop. Portage can help parents understand how to encourage a child’s development.

Team for Children with Visual Impairment (VI)

This team provides specialist teaching and intervention for children and young     people with visual impairment.

Team for children who are Deaf or Partially Hearing (DPH)

This team provides specialist teaching and intervention for children and young people who are deaf or partially hearing.

Autism Family Intervention Worker

The Family Intervention Worker supports children and families at home, and can support strong links and consistency of practice between home and school.

Assistive Technology

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

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Record Last Updated on: 26/04/2019

How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, D6

Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs

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Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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