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SEN advisors early years


What does the service offer children young people and their families?

  • Supervision of a Portage programme in Settings/Home Visits
  • Support to families from referral with ongoing support and advice
  • Discussion with staff regarding practical strategies to help referred child access their learning and provide the best possible learning environment for pupils with specific needs
  • Support in setting targets for referred child’s individual education plan
  • Support when planning for referred child’s move to nursery, pre-school or school
  • Training for staff in referred child’s setting if requested
  • Liaison with other educational, health and social services
  • Access to Children’s Opportunity Groups (COGs) for pre-school age children

What do the SEN Advisors (Early Years) offer pre-school settings and schools?

  • Portage training is provided to staff in schools, Resource Nurseries, Private, Voluntary and Independent pre-school settings (PVIs), with ongoing advice/support after course completion
  • A 2-day training course is offered to new SENCOs or Inclusion Coordinators
  • Observation of children, including consultation with staff, with verbal advice/written report
  • Attend transition planning meetings
  • Attend School Liaison Meetings (SLMs)
  • Support schools and settings implement advice from health and other support agencies
  • Termly cluster/area updates

How to Refer

  • We accept referrals from a range of professionals. Application forms are available by contacting us on the details provided
  • Parents must be consulted and agree to the referral

Who are we?

There are three SEN Advisors (Early Years) that support early identification and Intervention for children with special  educational needs throughout Luton.
The role of an SEN Advisor is to empower all those working in early years settings to develop inclusive early learning environments and to help settings support children by removing barriers to learning wherever these exist.
Other services that can offer support
Sure Start and Extended Schools tel 01582 548197
Specialist Nurses SEN tel 01582 708173
Edwin Lobo Centre tel 01582 700300
This SEN Advisors (Early Years) Service is available as a Traded Service for Academies and Free Schools in Luton, as well as to schools and settings beyond Luton and private schools.

Additional resources available as part of Traded Services includes

  • SEN handbook
  • Portage training and on going supervision
  • Bespoke SEN training
  • Observation tool
  • Assessment tool

For details of costs, please contact Matthew Sims on 01582 548151 or email [email protected].

Contact info
Special Educational Needs Service (SENS)
Children & Learning Department, Futures House, The Moakes, Luton, LU3 3QB
Tel: 01582 548151
Fax: 01582 548232
[email protected]


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