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Education Improvement Service - The Inclusion Team

  • Challenge and support schools, academies and settings with statutory duties regarding S.E.N.D.
  • Provide schools, academies and settings with advice and support on effective practice to meet the needs of children/young people with S.E.N.D.

Local Offer


The support for inclusion sits within the heart of the Education Improvment Service, working across all key stages and phases. Teams are structured to offer schools and settings a level of core operational support whilst maintaining the necessary focus on planning and developing sustainable practice for the future. Our ambition is to ensure schools and settings remain focused on their core responsibilities: leadership and teaching which ensures a positive climate for learning and good or better progress for all children and young people, supported by timely and bespoke interventions to support inclusion as required. Schools will be supported through the inclusion agenda by the range of expertise available through the various elements of support for inclusion.

The Inclusion Teams within the Education Improvement Service provides a range of support to maintained schools and academies in relation to Special Education Needs and Disability.

Teams are structured to offer schools and settings support for pupils with a primary focus on developing school practice.

Access to the services

Access to provision is through referrals from schools and academies except where otherwise stated.

Whole Team

Schools can apply to be awarded the Stockton Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) at a Bronze, Silver or Gold level to reflect their effective commitment to inclusion. The IQM aims to:

  • Raise the profile and increase understanding of inclusion
  • Improve inclusive practice
  • Strengthen school self-evaluation, improvement and staff development
  • Celebrate good inclusive practice

Attendance & Exclusion Team

Support includes:

  • school attendance procedures, statutory intervention, parental responsibility measures
  •  children missing education procedures.
  • Advice on exclusion procedures and prevention of exclusion
  • Attendance Reviews

Direct support and challenge to parents is provided through discharge of parenting orders and parenting contracts and prosecutions for non-school attendance

  • Advice on and monitoring of elective home education

Behaviour and Antibullying Team

Support includes:

  • A named contact and advice on behaviour management (maintained schools only
  • individual advice on the management of pupil behaviour and dealing with bullying incidents.
  • Help for young people being bullied (including advice to parents)
  • Advice relating to de-escalation, use of reasonable force and risk assessments
  • Behaviour and Safety Reviews
  • Bespoke CPD for school based staff

SEN Team

Support includes:

  • Individual assessments in relation to specific learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia)
  • Advice on SEN procedures
  • Short term interventions for individuals and groups
  • Staff and resource development

Multilingual Team

Support includes:

  • Advice and capacity building for schools regarding ethnic minority pupils and new arrivals whose first language is not English; asylum seekers and Romany Gypsy, Roma and Travellers of Irish Heritage (GRT) and BME pupils who are not making expected progress
  • Individual pupil monitoring visits, to establish baseline assessment of language acquisition or to establish next steps to support progress
  • Parental/school liaison for vulnerable families
  • BME audit (including EAL and GRT) of provision with support for action planning

Looked after Children

Support includes:

  • Advice and guidance in relation to looked after children
  • Attendance at Personal Education Plan meetings and looked after review meetings
  • Outreach support
  • Advice on transition

Services provided directly to parents

Advice for parents considering educating their child at home and monitoring that provision once in place.

Contact Name
Sue Paver, Inclusion Officer
Contact Telephone
01642 527118
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years
Transition to Adulthood
SEN Provision Type

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