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ISEND Services

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What is ISEND?

ISEND (Inclusion and SEND), is the name for the services provided by East Sussex County Council to support children and young people with SEND, with equality of access to education.

ISEND sits within Children's Services alongside other services such as Admissions, Children's Social Work, and Schools Standards, Learning and Effectiveness Service etc.  

Accessing ISEND Services

Most ISEND services are accessed via the ISEND Front Door on Czone. Referrals are usually made by professionals who support children such as the Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) in schools and nurseries. For more information on ISEND Front Door referrals, please follow this link:


ISEND includes various services with specific roles. These roles may include directly supporting children with SEND or supporting and advising schools. All of the services on this page are linked to their full service details on our directory, hosted on East Sussex 1Space.

To view all of the ISEND services listed on this page on the East Sussex 1Space directory, please click the link below:

The ISEND services are as follows:

Assessment and Planning (A&P)

The Assessment and Planning team manages the assessment and planning process for Education, Health and Care Plans for children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:


The Interim Provision Service (IPS)

The Interim Provision Service (IPS) is an interim teaching service for children and young people between 5-25 years with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) who are not on roll of a school and are awaiting an educational placement. 

Teaching support is accessed only via a referral from the Assessment and Planning Officer (APO) in the Assessment and Planning (A&P) Team. Schools, parents and other services or professionals are unable to refer or request support from IPS.


ISEND Post 16 & INMS team

East Sussex County Council also have a small team of managers, the ISEND Post 16 & INMS team, that work closely with the Assessment and Planning (A&P) team and with local colleges and training providers around support and provision for young people, post 16.

Children's Disability Service (CDS)

The Children’s Disability Service helps children and young people who have severe and enduring cognitive delay and learning disabilities, low functional abilities and who may also have physical disabilities. We assess children up to 16 years old, and their families, for social care support.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:

Communication, Learning, Autism Support Service (CLASS)

The ISEND Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (CLASS) offers support, advice, guidance and training to mainstream schools and academies. They work with other ISEND services to support children and young people to successfully access full time education.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:

CLASS+

CLASS+ works across East Sussex to support families/carers of Autistic children and young people. Their aim is to provide guidance and training that enables families/carers to build their understanding of the strengths and challenges faced by Autistic children and young people and to develop greater confidence in how to support them. The team is part of the CLASS service.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:

You can also visit the CLASS+ Facebook page, which posts regular updates:

Early Years Service (EYS)

EYS supports pre-school aged children with Special Educational Needs, Disabilities (SEND) and/or complex needs where those difficulties create a significant barrier to learning and/or inclusion.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:

Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS)

The Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS) provide specialist support and guidance to schools to support children and young people with poor attendance, difficult, dangerous or concerning behaviour, issues related to bullying and/or those at serious risk of suspension or exclusion.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:

Educational Psychology Service (EPS)

The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) focuses primarily on the learning, social and emotional development of problems encountered by children & young people aged 0-25 years, within their educational setting.

The work of an educational psychologist can either be directly with a child, or group of children or indirectly through their work with parents/carers, teachers and other professionals. Indirect work often involves research, training, consultation and discussion to clarify the precise nature and requirements of any psychological intervention proposed either at the individual or systems level. Direct work can involve delivering a psychological intervention to an individual child or group but usually involves some form of assessment.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:


Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing (MHEW) in Education Team

The Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Education Team is part of the Educational Psychology Service. The MHEW Advisers combine qualifications and experience from teaching, school leadership, coaching, mentoring, mediation, youth, and family support work, with a passion for supporting individual and community mental health and emotional wellbeing. The team supports primary, secondary and post-16 settings to develop whole organisation practice relating to MHEW, including;

The Whole School Approach encompasses and mobilises the whole school or college to promote student and staff wellbeing, and address mental health issues. This type of approach has been shown to be most effective in promoting social and emotional wellbeing than those which focus on only one or two aspects of school or college life.

You can find out more about MHEW in Education by clicking on the below links:

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English as an Additional Language Service (EALS)

EALS are a team of specialist EAL teachers and Bilingual Support Officers (BSO). They work with pupils who have English as an additional language to help them access the curriculum and fully integrate in to school life. They work with pupils from the Foundation Stage, KS1-4 and post-16.

They have BSOs speaking 17 of the languages spoken by pupils in East Sussex: Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:

Sensory Needs Service (SNS)

The Sensory Needs Service provides support to hearing impaired (HI) and visually impaired (VI) children across all ages and ability ranges and their families. They also provide guidance to educational settings and other professionals supporting children with sensory needs.

The SNS team works directly with children and their families, pre-schools and schools to support and promote inclusion of children with hearing Impairments and visual impairments in a range of settings.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:

Sibling Service (Sibs)

The Sibling Service (Sibs) provides short breaks and activity days for children aged 6 to 17 who have a brother or sister with a disability.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:

Spectrum

ISEND Spectrum is a free, county-wide service that helps Autistic children and young people ‘aged 5–18’ to join in activities in their local community, develop their independence and build confidence in developing key life skills. The team is part of the CLASS service.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:

Teaching and Learning Provision (TLP)

The ISEND Teaching and Learning Provision (TLP) provides educational support for children and young people aged 5 to 16 who are unable to attend school full-time as a result of illness or medical disability. We also monitor the education being given to children whose parents/carers choose to educate them at home, and offer advice and support to these parents/carers.

To read the full service description and to find out how you can get in contact, please click the link below:


Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) support

The TLP also supports Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) children to achieve their academic potential in school. You can find out more by visiting the GRT website, The Stopping Place, by clicking the link below:


Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, 'Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms':


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