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Services for children in education with SEND

Personalised planning tools for children with SEND

Surrey County Council is currently running pilots for Rix Wikis across Surrey. Wikis are an easy to use, personalised websites that parents, children and young people can use to create person-centred plans. Wikis use voice, video, text and pictures to capture the needs, aspirations and voice of the child or young person. Through using wikis, individuals can:

  • control and own the content of their personalised website.
  • share parts of the wiki with different professionals. For example, communication sections with a speech & language therapist or an "about me" section with a new class teacher.
  • Update the wiki at any point. Wikis can be updated at annual reviews, or at key transition points throughout the year. This means parents, children and young people can tell their story once, to a number of different professionals.

You can view case studies on the Rix Wiki media website, or via our Surrey SEND local offer page.

If you are interested in trialling a Rix Wiki for yourself, please contact rixwiki@surreycc.gov.uk.

Educational services provided outside the school environment

There's a wide range of support services available, provided by Surrey County Council and Surrey schools. The services listed below, provide specific support to children and young people with SEND.

Teachers and school can also use many of these services to help with the developmental and educational needs of their children.

  • Special Educational Needs Co-coordinator's (SENCOs) are there for you to talk to and to advise you, on how your child's needs can be met at school and also supported at home. They also work closely with the Local Special Educational Needs teams.
  • Local Special Educational Needs teams offer support and advice on Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
  • Speech and Language Therapy Services for children and young people provide support for those with speech, language and communication skills difficulties.
  • Race, equality and minority achievement (REMA) offer support and advice for schools in their provision for ethnic minority pupils.
  • Physical and Sensory Support Service (PSS) for children and young people (from    0-19) with physical, hearing, visual and multi-sensory impairment, in learning and living.
  • Educational psychology - the team deal with the psychological and educational development of children and young people at home, school and within the community.
  • Specialist teaching teams provide expertise and practical support to schools and families. The teams are made up of learning and language support specialist teachers and behaviour support specialist teachers and assistants. They work with schools, parents and other agencies to help pupils with learning and language difficulties and to help manage behaviour difficulties.
  • Behaviour support help children and young people who have one of the following: attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD) or conduct disorder.
  • Education Welfare - offer support for schools and parents regarding the attendance, truancy and exclusion from school of pupils.

Please also see our webpage: Special educational needs and disabilities education support and advice for teachers.

If you are looking for our policy statement on Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), please note that this document is pending review.

Educational services provided outside the school environment

Other help and support available

  • Core assets provide an independent parental supporter who can provide practical support with things like form filling and give advice about the process.
  • Surrey SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SSIASS) - formerly Surrey Parent Partnership - which gives independent advice on special educational needs and disability.
  • Surrey's supporting pupils with medical conditions guidance documentation includes a list of key contacts that you    may find useful, including details of charities that can provide further information.
  • The Family Information Service - can help you find organisations and services that may be able to support your family. FIS also has information about childcare, holiday schemes and activities.
  • Surrey Short Breaks for Disabled Children funds voluntary organisations and SEND schools to provide short break services, including after-school clubs, holiday schemes, home-care and more. For most of these you don't need to be eligible for our social care support to take advantage of them.
  • Family Voice Surrey is a forum for parents of children with SEND, influencing the development of services for your child.

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