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3.5 Support services and other professionals

As a teaching assistant you are not alone in supporting children with SEND. There is a wide range of services and professionals also involved in this process. You may, or may not, have a direct working relationship, or contact with these, but it is useful to know who they are.

Activity 10

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Jot down your answers to the following questions:

  • What services or professionals come into schools to work with SEND children?
  • What do you know about the service or the professional’s role?
  • How could you find out more information?
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The SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) in your setting is a good starting place if you are unsure of what is on offer in your setting. The internet is also a useful source of information, although you need to take care that you are accessing a reliable source, such as a national organisation website, or government site.

If you’d like to find out more, we suggest reading the resource document, Some of the services and professionals involved in supporting children with SEND [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .