Sensory support service
The Sensory Support Service is a team of specialist teachers and support staff who are committed to working with children and young people with hearing and vision needs, and their families, to provide a comprehensive teaching, educational, advisory and audiological support service.
Working from birth through to leaving school, the service works
seamlessly with families and professional colleagues from a range
of disciplines. We aim to ensure that children and young people
with sensory impairments enjoy the same rights and opportunities as
their peers, and that all barriers to maximising potential are
'All children have the right to the best possible start in life.
Where children have special needs and disabilities, it is important
that these are identified at an early stage and that identification
leads directly to effective early intervention and support for
families and children.' (Together from The Start - Practical
guidance for professionals working with disabled children (0-2) and
their families, DfES, 2002)
Sensory Support Service Team Development Plan 2015-2016
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view the Sensory Support Service Team Development plan
Sensory Support Service Self-Evaluation Framework
Northumberland Sensory Support Service has produced a
Self-Evaluation framework which looks particularly at the quality
of teaching and pupil achievement, service developments over the
past year and key areas for improvement.
Access to the Sensory Support Service
The Sensory Support Service is a countywide service which
provides a continuum of specialist support provision for children
with sensory impairments. Being centrally organized, the Service
has a strategic view across the county and is able to offer a
unified, coordinated, high quality and coherent response. The
Service operates flexibly according to fluctuating need and reacts
efficiently to unforeseen demands, deploying specialist staff as
need arises and making effective use of specialist equipment.
This is important because educationally significant hearing and
visual impairment are recognized as low incidence special
educational needs. As incidence is demographically and
geographically diverse, as is the nature and degree of difficulty,
pupil populations are notoriously difficult to predict and peaks
and troughs in pupil numbers is the norm.
99% of referrals to the Sensory Support Service are via health
(Opthalmology, ENT, Audiology etc.) and clear consistently applied
protocols exist between the referring agencies and the Service. The
Service is not responsible for the detection or diagnosis of either
Schools/settings or parent/carers may however contact the
service directly for advice.
Contact Information for Sensory Support Service
Northumberland Sensory Support Service
Service Manager - Sue Churchill: 01670
Sensory Support Office: 01670 624854
Fax: 01670 620151
Sue Churchill -
Service Manager and Teacher
Team Leader and Teacher
Please contact via the office (see above) or click their
name to send an email.
Speech & Languaage Therapist
Visually Impaired office address:
To contact any of the Visually Impaired Team, please
telephone the above number or click their name to send an
Your feedback is important to us
We are always looking for ways to improve the services we
provide and are interested in your comments or views. If you have
any queries, suggestions or would like to discuss issues relating
to our work please do not hesitate to contact us:
Sensory Support Service
Tel: (01670) 624854
You may also give your feedback by completing our feedback form.
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