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Specialist Services & Provision

There is a wide spectrum of individual need, ranging from ‘universal services' through to supporting children and young people with severe and complex needs who require an integrated multi-agency response.

The spectrum of need is illustrated in the windscreen model of provision below.

For most children and young people, their additional needs will be met through universal and targeted school support.  Further information about the roles and responsibilities of the school, outside agencies and families at the different tiers of provision is available in the Roles and Responsibilities for Tiered Provision document.

These pages provide schools and families with an overview of the specialist services as well as specialist provision that is available for children and young people with ALN and/or a disability.

 

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Specialist Services

Where children and young people have more specific and complex needs, specialist support is provided from a range of specialist teams including:

•         Behavioural Emotional and Social Difficulties

•         Children with Disabilities

•         Communication

•         Complex Learning

•         Pupil Support

•         School Counselling

•         Sensory Needs

•         Specific Learning Difficulties

•         Statutory Assessments and SEN

•         Educational Psychology

•         Looked After Children

•         English an Additional Language (MEAS)

•         Gypsy Traveller

•         Elective Home Education

 

Specialist Provision

In Pembrokeshire, for learners with more complex needs, a specialist placement in either the special school, a learning resource centre or the Pembrokeshire Learning Centre, provides wraparound care and educational support to the ensure the children achieve their full potential.

Accessing Specialist Services

There is a wide spectrum of individual need, ranging from ‘universal services' provided by schools to supporting those pupils with severe and complex or acute needs who require an integrated multi-agency response.

This document provides schools with an overview of the expectations for supporting children and young people across the spectrum of needs.  It includes the role of the school, Inclusion Service, outside agencies and families at the different tiers of provision. 

The criteria which needs to be met in order to access outreach support along with admission to specialist provision is also detailed in the document.

The criteria relates to the three main areas of need:

  •          Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  •          Complex learning needs
  •          Communication difficulties 

Behaviour Emotional and Social Difficulties

What is the Service? - Who is the Service for?

The Behaviour Support Service offers advice to primary schools across Pembrokeshire for professionals working with pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

The service comprises of Specialist Behaviour Support Teachers (BST) based within a cluster of schools providing practical support for emotional, social and behavioural difficulties a child or young person is displaying.

Behaviour Support Teachers (BST) deliver training in schools, and where needed, work directly with groups or individual children. For example it may be the class teacher wants some advice about a particular pupil, or a way to better manage a class of pupils.

The introduction of the Team Around the Parent Pupil and School (TAPPAS) will provide the opportunity for schools and Specialist Teams to meet every half term.  The forum provides solution focused drop in sessions for schools to seek advice in relation to any specific issues for supporting pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Parent drop in sessions are also being developed for parents who would like specific advice on ways to support their child or have any concerns in relation to their education.

How can the Service be accessed? - Who to Contact?

Referrals are made through the child's school in discussion with the Head teacher, Head of Year or Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCO). 

Additional concerns can be discussed with:

Terina Thomas - System Leader for Behaviour and Attendance

Email: terina.l.thomas@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01437 764551

Children with Disabilities

What is the Service? - Who is the Service for?

The Children with Disabilities Team offers a service to children between 0-18 and their families who reside in Pembrokeshire.

The Children with Disabilities Team comprises of Social Workers who provide a social work assessment and care management service for families where there are children with significant disabilities and where the primary reason for the referral is the child's disability.

Children accessing the Children with Disabilities Team have permanent and substantial disabilities such as a significant visual impairment, a significant hearing impairment, profound communication impairment, a severe learning disability and/or a significant physical disability.

How can the Service be accessed? - Who to Contact?

Access to the Children with Disabilities Team is through a referral to the Child Care Assessment Team.

Name: Martin Reynolds

Tel: 01437 776322/776325/764551

Communication Difficulties

What is the Service? - Who is the Service for?

The Communication Team offers advice and guidance to primary and secondary schools across Pembrokeshire for children and young adults aged 3-19 years with speech, language and communication difficulties including Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Within the Communication Team there are advisory teachers, speech and language therapists and support workers who specialise either in speech and language difficulties or ASC behaviours.

Every mainstream school has a named speech and language therapist (SLT) and may be further supported by advisory teachers, speech and language therapy assistants (SALTAs), ASC support workers and specialist speech and language therapists. There is an SLT for secondary schools who provides training, assessment and advice, and advisory teachers offer advice and guidance to primary and secondary schools on materials and ways they can support pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties including ASC within the mainstream curriculum. 

The introduction of the Team Around the Parent Pupil and School (TAPPAS) will provide the opportunity for schools and Specialist Teams to meet every half term.  The forum provides solution focused drop in sessions for schools to seek advice in relation to any specific issues for supporting pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Parent drop in sessions are also being developed for parents who would like specific advice on ways to support their child or have any concerns in relation to their education.

How can the Service be accessed? - Who to Contact?

Referrals are made through the child's school in discussion with the Headteacher, Head of Year or Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCO). 

Tina Gethin, Advisory Teacher - Speech and Language

Email: Tina.Gethin@pembrokeshire.gov.uk  

Complex Learning Needs

What is the Service? - Who is the Service for?

The Portfield Complex Learning Needs team offer advice and guidance to primary and secondary schools across Pembrokeshire for children and young adults aged 3-19 years with complex learning needs. 

Within the Complex Learning Needs team there is a specialist teacher and an outreach assistant.

On referral to the service, a student's needs are assessed and suitable recommendations made.  If necessary, a programme of support for staff and the pupil will be developed and the outreach assistant supports in the implementation of the programme.  Programmes of support are re-assessed every five to six weeks to ensure that students are making good progress.  The amount of time a student is involved with the service will vary dependent on the need of the young person.

How can the Service be accessed? - Who to contact?

Referrals are made through the child's school in discussion with the Headteacher or Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo).

Additional concerns can be discussed with:

Alexis George - Specialist Outreach Teacher

Email: assheadportfield@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01437 762701

Pupil Support

What is the Service? - Who is the Service for?

The Pupil Support Service offers advice and guidance to primary and secondary schools and families across Pembrokeshire for pupils who do not attend school on a regular basis and a child's level of absence reaches over 20%.

The service comprises a Pupil Support Officer (PSO) within each cluster of schools. Support is provided to improve school attendance in order for children to reach their best potential and support families where needed.

The PSO provide practical support to improve school attendance rates; reduce unauthorised absences; and to assist schools in the management of vulnerable children and young people.

School Checklist for Attendance and Strategies

Code of Conduct for Penalty Notices

How can the Service be accessed? - Who to Contact?

Referrals are made through the child's school, or parents can contact their child's school and ask to be contacted by their PSO. PSO's usually discuss referrals with schools in the first instance, but may be contacted directly by parents where there is a need for support, for example, when their child is not attending school or they need advice with regard to a school issue. PSOs are there to be the link between home and school.

Additional concerns can be discussed with Cara Huggins - System Leader for Behaviour and Attendance.  

Email: Caroline.Huggins@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01437 775022

School Counselling

What is the Service? - Who is the Service for?

The Service consists of a group of qualified and experienced counsellors who are based across Pembrokeshire, working with young people to support their emotional wellbeing through counselling. Counselling offers children and young people the opportunity to talk about things that may be causing them concern and common themes involve relationships, stress or bereavement.

The service is targeted at children and young people who will benefit from a short period of counselling and for those emotional needs that are not considered significant enough to access other services available such as the Primary Mental Health Service or the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

The service follows professional ethical guidelines as well as safeguarding policies and practices so what we talk about with young people will remain confidential unless the issues discussed involve harm to themselves or others.

How can the Service be accessed? - Who to Contact?

Young people attending a secondary school in Pembrokeshire can directly access their school based counsellor by visiting the named counsellor at their school. Adults who know the young person, such as a teacher, can also suggest that a young person access school-based counselling but a conversation will always be held with the young person prior to any involvement with a counsellor to seek their permission. Counselling will not take place without the consent of the young person. Every secondary school should have leaflets and notice boards advertising the service and how it can be accessed.

If it is felt that a child at primary school would benefit from support from a school-based counsellor then consideration will also be given to our involvement following discussion with an Educational Psychologist and the primary school ALNCo.

Every secondary school in Pembrokeshire, including Portfield Special School, has its own named counsellor who has a base at the school and can be contacted directly there. Primary School ALNCos (Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinators) are the point of contact for primary aged children.

The referral co-ordinator for the school-based counselling service is:

Lyn Herde, Personal Support Development Officer

Email: lyn.herde@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Phone: 01437 776473   

Sensory Needs

What is the Service? - Who is the Service for?

The Sensory Needs Service is divided into three areas: Hearing Impairment/Deaf, Physical and Medical Needs, and Visual Impairment/Blind.

The Hearing Impairment/Deaf area and the Visual Impairment/Blind area provide peripatetic educational support, training, tuition and advice via an Advisory Teacher who works with children and their families. The Advisory Teacher for Hearing Impairment/Deaf and the Advisory Teacher for Visual Impairment/Blind make educational provision for children and young people with mild to profound deafness or vision loss. They also offer support and advice to parents, schools and other educational establishments for children aged 0-19.

The Physical and Medical Needs branch of the Service provides a Specialist Teacher who works with children and their families, schools and Health professionals to ensure that the child's needs are being met within the school setting. The Specialist Teacher for Physical and Medical Needs works with children and young people with complex physical and medical conditions, e.g. cerebral palsy, Down's Syndrome, genetic conditions.

Liaison with schools and a range of Health Professionals ensures that the child's needs are being met within the school setting. The Advisory Teachers support children and families during transition into school and also between different phases of school life.

How can the Service be accessed? - Who to Contact?

Children are usually referred by Health professionals, for example, Paediatricians, Audiology or Ophthalmology. Parents, pre-school settings and schools are able to refer to Health through GPs, Health Visitors and School Nurses for assessment. Referrals to the area of Physical and Medical Needs can also be made through the school Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo) and Early Years practitioners. Schools are able to contact all areas of the Service for support, advice and training on general sensory issues.

Additional concerns can be discussed with:

Catherine Scott - Advisory Teacher for Hearing Impairment/Deafness.

Email: Catherine.Scott@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01437 770174

Carolyn Waters - Specialist Teacher for Physical and Medical Needs.

Email: Carolyn.Waters@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01437 775176

Gill Jones - Advisory Teacher for Visually Impairment/Blind.

Email: Gill.Jones@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01437 770174   

Specific Learning Difficulties

What is the Service? - Who is the Service for?

The SpLD service offers advice and guidance to primary and secondary schools, learners and their families across Pembrokeshire for pupils with specific difficulties with reading, writing, spelling, co-ordination and numbers.

The service comprises a co-ordinator, specialist teacher and occupational therapist. Support is provided through a programme of training and development that takes place each term to help schools and parents in supporting children and young people with SpLD.

The introduction of the Team Around the Parent Pupil and School (TAPPAS) will provide the opportunity for schools and Specialist Teams to meet each half term.  The forum provides solution focused drop in sessions for schools to seek advice in relation to any specific issues for supporting pupils with SpLD. Parent drop in sessions are also being developed for parents who would like specific advice on ways to support their child or have any concerns in relation to their education.

How can the Service be accessed? - Who to contact?

For support and guidance the school Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo) is the first point of contact. In the majority of cases the ALNCo will be able to arrange the appropriate level of support.

To make a referral to the SpLD service, the ALNCo in partnership with parents may contact:

Emma Wilson  - Specialist Teacher for SpLD

Email: Emma.Wilson2@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01437 775288

Statutory Assessments and Statements of SEN

What is the Service? - Who is the Service for?

The Statutory assessment and Statements of SEN service is responsible for processing a request for formal assessment and maintaining a child's Statement of SEN.

Wherever practicable, every attempt is made to provide the necessary educational provision for a child or young person without needing resource to a Statement of Educational Needs.

How can the Service be accessed? - Who to Contact?

For support and guidance the school Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo) is the first point of contact. In the majority of cases the ALNCo will be able to arrange the appropriate level of support in partnership with parents and outside professionals. If the advice from the school link Educational Psychologist and Advisory Teacher is to request a statutory assessment then school or parents may contact:

Jayne Ciccotti - ALN (Statementing) Officer

Email: SENstatutoryassessment@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01437 775012

Education Psychology Service

What do we do? 

Pembrokeshire Educational Psychology Service is concerned with the development, learning, achievement and well being of children and young people.  Members of the team work with staff of pre-school settings, schools and with parents/carers, applying psychology to achieve better outcomes for all Pembrokeshire children through specialist consultation, advice and support.

The use of consultation, observation and a range of assessment techniques are used to gather information to help others - such as teachers and parents to resolve problems.  The Service:

  • provides advice on children's learning, social, emotional, behavioural and developmental needs to school staff, parents and other professionals
  • provides training on all aspects of child development, learning and behaviour
  • contributes to a range of initiatives to provide direct support to children, teachers and families
  • supports schools following ‘critical incidents' such as a sudden bereavement
  • contributes psychological advice to the statutory assessment of children under the 1996 Education Act and the monitoring of progress of children with special educational needs
  • contributes to Local Authority policies and procedures relating to all aspects of education and children's welfare.

How do we deliver these services?

Educational Psychology time is allocated to families of schools. All schools have a named educational psychologist who provides regular visits.

Consultation, Planning and Review meetings held in school are used to determine priorities for Educational Psychologist involvement for school aged children and young people.

Pre-school children are referred through the Pre-school liaison advisory teacher or the Early Years Panel.  Pre-school children will be seen at home and/or in pre-school placements.

The team will always try and be as responsive as possible to parental concerns.  If a parent contacts an educational psychologist the EP will suggest that s/he discuss the issues with the appropriate staff at school.  The EP will normally follow this up with the school during a subsequent visit.

Contact Us:

Educational Psychology Service, County Hall, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1TP

Lead Educational Psychologist - Heidi Evans: 01437 770033, email: heidi.evans@pembrokeshire.gov.uk 

Education of Looked After Children

Because of difficulties in their family lives what happens to children is often out of their control and can affect their schooling. They sometimes need help and support to make sure that their schooling is not disrupted and they are working to the best of their ability.

In Pembrokeshire every school has a designated teacher for Looked After Children. These teachers act as a link between school and the child, the foster carers, social worker and the birth family.

When a child becomes Looked After a Personal Education Plan is written to clarify what is needed to make school as smooth as possible for the child and to ensure maximum support for the child to achieve his or her educational potential.

Pembrokeshire also tracks the progress of all of our Looked After children in all schools.  Two educational support mentors work with the young people, their families, their carers, and their social workers to make sure that their schooling matches their needs and that they do as well as possible through the LAC virtual school.

Further information is available from:

Wyn Harries

Tel: 01437 770169

Email: wyn.harries@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

English an Additional Language

Our work in schools

Pembrokeshire Minority Ethnic Achievement Service supports schools with all aspects of English as an additional language (EAL) or Welsh as an Additional Language (WAL) and provides training, support and consultancy to ensure that schools raise the achievement of ethnic minority pupils with EAL/WAL.

The aim of the service is to develop the confidence and expertise in EAL for teaching and support staff to ensure that EAL pupils meet their targets in school.

Pembrokeshire has one co-ordinator and a team of ten assistants who work with pupils, their families and staff in schools as well as outside agencies to monitor pupil wellbeing, ensuring that the pupil makes progress in line with potential.

One of the key strengths is being able to work in families of schools according to identified needs.  The service provides quick responses to requests for assessment and support for a newly arrived pupil with EAL/WAL.  Pupil wellbeing is also part of the support work carried in schools.

MEAS service assistants speak a large number of languages such as Arabic, Serbian, Polish, Russian, French, Italian, Swiss, German, Finnish and Estonian.  There are two Welsh bilingual assistants in the service who can support Welsh as an additional language pupils.  These support assistants support WAL pupils bilingually where possible or when necessary.

The team set language and academic targets alongside staff in schools and work closely with schools to track pupil's progress and ensure that ethnic minority pupils identified as underperforming are supported as much as possible.  MEAS staff may also work to support pupils during times of transition to secondary schools or when approaching end of key stage assessments or examinations.

MEAS staff also provide out of hours clubs to support pupils with home language exam preparation, social use of language, mentoring and language support or academic support, especially prior to exams.

In addition, the service supports pupils taking home language examinations and provides translations of letters or information relating to school for pupils and parents.  Working with WITS, the Welsh Interpretation and Translation Service, the service is able to support families and schools with their interpretation and translation needs.

For more information contact: 

Annette Thomas
Minority Ethnic Achievement Service Co-ordinator
County Hall
Haverfordwest
SA61 1TP 
Tel: 01437 770158,
Email: Annette.thomas@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Gypsy Traveller Education

The Gypsy Traveller Education Service engages with the community by:

  • supporting families in maintaining regular attendance in all school settings ie Flying Start, nursery, early years, foundation stage, primary, secondary schools, family learning and further education
  • improving the capacity of schools to better meet the needs of Gypsy Travellers, narrowing attainment and opportunity gaps, improving academic achievement and ensuring equality of outcomes
  • highlighting success stories and promoting good role models
  • promoting the value of regular attendance with Traveller families
  • visiting and supporting families on the five residential sites and bricks and mortar housing accommodating over 200 Gypsy Traveller pupils and their families
  • encouraging families to allow their children to take part in school visits
  • developing and delivering training to school staff, governors and outside agencies in order to promote understanding and integration
  • supporting parents to enable them to become confident in engaging with the education system, schools and school staff.

The Gypsy Traveller Education Service responds to any specific cultural needs or issues that may exist for children, young people and families in order to raise academic achievement, and to improve outcomes and life chances.

The Pembrokeshire Gypsy Traveller Education Service is highly regarded by Gypsies, Travellers, Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales, the settled community, the police and members of the local community.  It is based in Monkton Priory CP School.

"Monkton Priory School is an excellent example of how providing a first class education encourages Gypsy Traveller children to achieve their full potential.  It is a true beacon that the whole of Wales would do well to follow." Former Social Justice Minister Dr Brian Gibbons

Citizenship is an important part of the curriculum.  Young Gypsy Travellers have visited the Town Hall, County Hall, Welsh Assembly, Houses of Parliament and the European Parliament in Brussels.  Pupils sit on Save the Children's steering committee for their Travelling Ahead Project and represent their community on the Save the Children's youth forum.  Pupils have also given presentations to Baroness Whitaker, vice-chair of the all-Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsy Roma Travellers in the House of Lords.

"It is well known that the Gypsy Traveller community places great store on protecting their children and that sometimes that desire to protect meant that many children did not continue with their education after primary school.

"Instead, boys would join the men at work and girls would help the women domestically.

"But here in Monkton that trend has been reversed and as I was to find out, the Gypsy Traveller community not only trust what the school does, they have come to rely on what the whole school can offer." Keith Towler, Children's Commissioner for Wales.

The service is regularly contacted by agencies across Wales and the UK.  The service is highlighted as good practice.  Researchers in the past 12 months have been commissioned by:- 

  •          Welsh government research on Gypsy Traveller Education
  •          Julie Morgan AM, Chair of the Gypsy and Traveller Cross Party Group
  •          Romani Arts, a Gypsy Traveller community led project. 

For more information, contact Beverley Stephens

Tel: 01646 685685

Email Beverley.stephens@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Elective Home Education

Educating your child at home

Some parents choose to educate their children at home, for a variety of reasons. The Local Authority (LA), supports the right of parents to educate their children at home.

In the first instance, parents wishing to educate your child at home should inform the headteacher of the school who should then inform the LA.

What are parents' responsibilities?

Parents have a right to educate their children at home providing that they fulfil the requirements of Section 7 of the Education Act, 1996 which places a duty on the parents of every child of compulsory school age to cause him or her to receive efficient full-time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude, and to any special educational needs that they may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

The phrase "full time" can be interpreted differently, since a child's education at home is often formulated on an individual basis. You should consider the need for any young person to have formal qualifications for any future role in life.

Will the Local Authority give me any support?

The local authority has an Elective Home Education Advisor who will offer a visit to discuss provision and offer advice or information if required. The Local Authority seeks to work co-operatively with parents to develop mutual understanding and trust that will safeguard children's educational outcomes.

If you wish to discuss any aspects of elective home education further please contact Cheryl Loughlin

Tel: 01437 776549

Email: cheryl.loughlin@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

 

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