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Specialist inclusion services

The Specialist Inclusion Services (SIS) provides Barnet schools, settings, parents and children/young people with support to meet additional needs and promote positive change.

The SIS are made up of a number of teams:

  • Specialist Advisory teams for Physical and Sensory difficulties
  • Autism
  • Barnet Early Autism Model (BEAM)
  • High Incidence Needs (including social, emotional and behavioural needs, literacy needs, speech, language, communication needs and wider special educational needs)

Specialist support is provided by our services through specialist advisory teachers and specialist facilitators. The Local Authority has a particular focus on early intervention and prevention and the specialist advisory teams play a key role in promoting multi-agency working.

Vision statement

All children/young people in Barnet with additional needs will be resilient, empowered and enabled to flourish throughout their life.

Mission statement

Our high quality inclusive practice embraces diversity, promotes acceptance and removes barriers to facilitate positive change. We aim to improve children/young people’s outcomes through a collaborative, cooperative, solution focused and child-centred approach.

Autism Advisory Team

Email: autism.team@barnet.gov.uk

Support from the Autism Advisory Team is for schools that have children/young people whom are not making progress within the context of what is "Ordinarily Available" for children on the Autism Spectrum.

Barnet Early Autism (BEAM)

Email: BEAM.team@barnet.gov.uk

BEAM’s service is part of Barnet’s specialist Autism services and has been designed for families of pre-school children under 5 (with a confirmed diagnosis of autism). BEAM acts as an early intervention service based in the home where families receive weekly visits from a trained autism specialist facilitator, who will teach and model strategies through structured activities that are based on the needs of the individual child.

Educational Psychology

Email: EducationalPsychology@barnet.gov.uk

The Educational Psychology Team provides a variety of services within a consultation framework. This enables them to look together at learning conditions, and helps identify teaching strategies and interventions, monitor progress and evaluate outcomes.

High Incidence Support Team (HIST)

Email: HIST.team@barnet.gov.uk

The High Incidence Support Team (HIST) is a team of advisory teachers who specialise in supporting schools to enable the successful inclusion of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs; social, emotional and behavioural needs; specific literacy difficulties.

Sensory teams

Email: specialist.team@barnet.gov.uk

Hearing Impairment

Our Advisory Teachers of the Deaf and HI advisor support any child or young person (0-25) with a diagnosed hearing loss. We visit children at home, in nurseries and schools throughout Barnet.  We offer guidance, advice and support to children, their families, school staff and other agencies to help enable each child to develop a positive self-image and a good attitude to learning by experiencing success.

Multi-sensory impairment

Our advisory teacher for multi-sensory impairment works closely with the visual impairment team and hearing impairment team to support children and young people (0-25) with multi-sensory impairment. We offer guidance, advice and support to schools and families in order to maximise opportunities for learning and inclusion so that children and young people with a multi-sensory impairment can achieve their potential.

Physical disability

Our Physical Disabilities and Complex Medical Needs Advisory Team support children and young people from 0 to 25 who have physical disabilities and/or complex medical needs. We provide a specialised education provision offering on-going advice, guidance and support to schools, families/carers, children and young people in order to maximise opportunities for learning, independence and inclusion so that children and young people can achieve their full potential and overcome barriers to learning.

Visual impairment

Our Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) support any child or young person (0 to 25) with a significant sight impairment that is not correctable by glasses. We offer guidance, advice and support to schools and families in order to maximise opportunities for learning and inclusion so that children and young people with a visual impairment can achieve their potential.

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