Specialist Education Service (SES)

Supporting you to support the inclusion of children and young people with SEND.

The Specialist Education Services (SES) offer a range of services which can be used by schools and settings to develop and enhance their inclusive practice around pupils with:

- Cognition and learning needs, including specific learning difficulties
- Communication and interaction needs, including speech and language needs
- Social, emotional and mental health needs
- Sensory and physical needs (i.e. pupils with a hearing impairment, visual impairment or dual sensory impairment; it does not include those with sensory processing sensitivities).

SES work with school leaders, teachers, staff and governors to develop best practice around inclusion, whether this is identifying pupils’ needs and providing advice and guidance to inform reasonable adjustments to support those needs or supporting with specific whole school development, for example the development of an inclusive policy or inclusive curriculum. 

SES offers a variety of products:

SES CPD – increase staff confidence and improve whole school knowledge, approaches and strategies to help meet the needs of young people with SEND through SES CPD. Easy to incorporate into your professional development programme: a wide variety of topics are available with virtual or face to face delivery possible for most topics. Choose individual topics or combine topics for a lengthier input such as for a PD day.

SES Support - develop and enhance best practice around inclusion through SES Support. Blocks of time are available (1 hour, 5 hours, 10 hours, 15 hours, 20 hours, 25 hours) from the following services: Cognition and Learning (C&L), Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), Communication and Interaction (C&I), Speech, Language and communication (SLCN), Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Sensory, Physical (S,P). Support is delivered in person or virtually and multiple blocks can be purchased. Pick your service and choose how much time of support you would like. Examples of work include:

Supporting the identification of pupils’ needs through observation, discussion, assessment etc and providing advice and guidance to inform reasonable adjustments to support those needs (staff member to be present where this involves direct pupil work);
- Attending meetings with families, school staff and/or other professionals by arrangement (staff member to be present);
- Supporting the development of inclusive culture and inclusive classrooms;
- Supporting inclusive curriculum development and inclusive teaching and learning;
- Supporting inclusive policy development;
- Whole school training or small group staff workshops (see training menu);
- Modelling interventions (staff member to be present);
- Supporting with resources.

SES & P&TS Joint Planning Meeting - an educational psychologist and a specialist teacher will help settings to plan and then review their support for individual children, groups of children and/or whole school approaches to SEND and inclusion. A setting will receive advice and guidance around the core offer from P&TS and SES, CPD opportunities and bespoke support.

SES Learner Assessments - assessments by a Specialist Teacher will give insight into a learner’s strengths and weaknesses and their individual cognitive profile. This will allow SENDCOs, teachers and support staff to implement a more targeted and nuanced intervention programme alongside strategies in the classroom to ensure that the learner reaches their full potential. The following assessments are available:

- Literacy or Numeracy Assessment (does not confirm the presence of a SpLD,  dyslexia/dyscalculia)
- Full Diagnostic Assessment (confirms if the learner has the SpLD dyslexia and/or dyscalculia or not)
- Access arrangements.

SES Bespoke – if you are looking for something bespoke, perhaps a combination of the above with a particular focus, a suite of training or something entirely different, then contact Sally Blackman (SES Deputy Head Teacher) sally.blackman@suffolk.gov.uk to discuss how SES can support your particular needs.

If you would like any further information about any of the SES products, please contact:  

Sally Blackman, SES Deputy Head Teacher


Parent/Carer permission is required to discuss individual children.  


SES & P&TS Joint Planning Meeting Service Specification - September 2021

SES Support Service Specification - September 2021

SES Training - Half Day Whole Day - Service Specification - September 2021

SES Training - Half day Whole Day Virtual - Service Specification - September 2021

SES Training - In Setting - Service Specification - September 2021

SES Training - Virtual - Service Specification - September 2021

SES Assessment Service Specification - September 2021

SES Bespoke - September 2021 





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