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Specialist Learning Support

What does the service do?

We work with children, parents/carers and schools to raise the attainment of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), allowing them to achieve as much as possible in their education. All schools in Wolverhampton can buy support from our service.

Our service is made up of teachers who are very experienced and specially qualified in SEN. We are all passionate about promoting inclusion and supporting children and young people who may find school difficult.

We give advice on what a child needs to learn or practise and how parents/carers and school staff can help them. We support school Special Needs Coordinators (SENCos) to ensure that they are following the SEND Code of Practice

Who can use the service?

We can support your child if he/she attends a school that buys our service. If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should first discuss this with his/her class teacher and/or the school SENCo. They may feel that a referral to our service would be helpful.

How do you access the service?

If a school wants support from us to help your child, they will discuss this with you. We always obtain parent/carer agreement before we work with your child and keep you informed along the way.

Usually we can see a child in school within a few weeks of receiving the referral.

If your child has an education, health and care plan, if appropriate, it may be possible to agree on the involvement of our team. This could be anything from annual monitoring and advice, to regular teaching.

We usually arrange our meetings in your child’s school, so that school staff can attend as well, but we can arrange to see you at home or at one of our offices around the city if you prefer.  

Update July 2021 - We are working with schools in line with local and national guidelines and, as Covid 19 restrictions are relaxing, we are arranging visits to work directly with children, but are still generally holding meetings with staff via Teams or Zoom.

How are people who use the service involved in decisions and kept informed?

We put children and young people at ease by explaining what our work will involve, why we are doing it and what will happen next. They always have opportunity to ask us questions. You will be sent a copy of any reports and targets that we write and will be invited to discuss the findings with school staff or us directly. If necessary, we can arrange for a translator to help you understand any part of the process and you are welcome to bring along a friend or relative if it would help you feel more comfortable.

What people think about us.

Schools are invited annually to give feedback about our service via an online survey.

  • 100% of respondents would recommend our service to a friend or colleague.
  • 83% of subscribing schools rated us 'very good' or 'excellent'.

Here are some of the comments received in our annual survey in March 2021.

All support we have received from [Name] and the service in the last 12 months has been excellent. We will (most likely) have been out of school for 2 of the 3 terms of this SLA but [Name] has kept in touch, offered support and continued to support school in a timely and much appreciated manner. I don’t think we could have had better service given the circumstances.

[Specialist Teacher] has always been extremely helpful to me as a class teacher and a SENDCo. During lockdown she has made phone calls to parents and supported me by sending me resources etc.

I feel incredibly well supported by this service, I have learned a lot from our Specialist Teacher [Name] and as a new SENCo she has been incredibly helpful throughout.

This year [Name] has worked with our school. She has been amazing. Genuine care and consideration shown for the children and their needs through the way she works with them and speaks about them. [Name] is incredibly knowledgeable and feel I learn something new every time I speak with her about a child.

How do I give a compliment or make a complaint about your service?

If you have any feedback, whether good or bad, you can contact:

Who to contact

Contact Name
Margaret Renshaw
Contact Position
Specialist Teacher Team Leader
Telephone
01902 550609
01902 555934
Mobile: 07387 236522
E-mail
margaret.renshaw@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
Inclusion and Empowerment Service
Address
Alfred Squire Road
Wednesfield
West Midlands
Postcode
WV11 1XU

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
6- 10 years
11-15 years
16-18 years

Record Last Updated on: 13/07/2021

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