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Schools and Families Specialist Services (SFSS)

We are a team of specialist teachers and teaching assistants with additional qualifications and extensive experience in working with children and young people with special educational needs aged from 0-19.

 The service comprises of four teams:

  • The Early Years Team (supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities from 0 - 7 years (Key Stage 1)).
  • The Communication and Interaction Team
  • The Cognition and Learning Team
  • The Sensory Team

You can read more about each of these teams in our service leaflet which can be dowloaded through the link on the right hand side of this page. You can also access the team wiki, which provides information on the support offered by sensory service personnel by clicking on the following link: SFSS Wiki


Who to contact

Contact Name
Business Support
Contact Position
Schools & Families Specialist Services
For Early Years SFSS - 0115 804 1232
For the Communication & Interaction, Cognition & Learning or Sensory Teams - 0115 854 6464
Early Years: Communication & Interaction, Cognition & Learning or Sensory Teams:

Where to go

County wide

Time / Date Details

When is it on
During school term times 9:00am until 4:00pm (at other times by arrangement)

Other Details


Age Ranges
0-19 years
Referral required
Referral Details

We accept direct referrals from parents and professionals for children with complex SEND below school age e.g. from Early Years settings or health visitors.

Referrals for children and young people with complex SEND attending school are generally negotiated at Family of Schools Springboard meetings .which are held each term, although direct referrals are accepted in certain rare circumstances, for example:
-  when a new child with significant SEND arrives in the County,
-  when a child’s school placement is at risk, or
-  when there is an unexpected and significant change to a child’s needs or situation. 

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Our services are aimed at children and young people aged from birth to nineteen with complex special educational needs and/or disabilities, their families and staff in the early years settings and schools they attend.

Specialist teachers and teaching assistants work with children and young people with a range of complex SEND  in the home for pre-school children, and/or early years settings. They then provide support to schools for children and young people of statutory age in mainstream education, where the schools are seeking advice, guidance and/or training on making provision to address those complex needs.

They provide specialist assessments and interventions, including services for children and young people who are deaf, visually impaired, autistic, or have cognitive learning difficulties.

Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Primary (4-10 years)

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