- Specialist support advice and guidance to schools specifically around supporting children with behaviour and SEMH needs.
- Bespoke pieces of work with children to support them in their mainstream setting either as one to one or in a small group capacity.
- We work collaboratively with families, schools and other agencies to create, monitor and deliver bespoke support plans for children with behaviour or SEMH needs.
- Training offer for schools e.g. Midday supervisor training, Keyworker, therapeutic approaches, ACEs etc.
- Family support which may include direct work with families or delivery of parenting support courses e.g. Family Links.
- Transition support for children moving through key stages e.g. Year 6 to Year 7.
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Education Support Services
Attendance and Pupil Welfare Service
- Advise and support families, children and schools to ensure that all children receive an education by regular attendance at school or otherwise
- Work with home educating families and services to offer support and advice
- Identify children missing education and ensure their re-engagement with education
- Ensure that child employment and performance is undertaken within the requirements of the legislation
Autism and Social Communication Education and Training Service - ASCETS
ASCETS work with schools, children and their families to support the improvement of learning outcomes particularly where they have autism and social communication needs. ASCETS work primarily with children from the age of 5 years old when they start attending in Y1, up to the age of 25 when young people could still be accessing college. This work is focused on the ways in which we can contribute to the assessment, planning, delivery and review of pupils’ achievement and progress, particularly through SEN support plans or other targeted plans run by schools with pupils and families where there are autism and social communication needs. Children who are younger than this are supported by the Pre-school Inclusion Team (PSIT) that works with Private, Voluntary and Independent settings as well as maintained nurseries (from September 2016) - this is inclusive of children who may have a diagnosis of autism or social communication needs. Please see the early years offer for SEND for further details on PSIT.
The service supports schools in developing robust provision for pupils with Autism and Social Communication Difficulties through the Doncaster Autism Charter Mark, a set of quality-assured standards which schools can achieve for consistently good or outstanding practice.
ASCETS consists of specialist teachers and specialist support officers whose work is mainly focused through the ways they can contribute to the support plans run by schools. Please talk to your school about how the ASCETS team might become involved in contributing to your child’s planned support to improve learning outcomes. For a general enquiry about our services please call 01302 734838.
A new parenting workshop called Starting Off was launched in 2018, the workshop has been designed and delivered in partnership between our own ASCETS team and the Autism Spectrum Assessment team at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI).
Starting Off is a free 2 day course designed for parents of children recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The course is available on a monthly basis during term-time. Early evaluations of the workshops have been highly positive, with parents feeling much more confident in their understanding of the implications of an autism diagnosis. The workshops are designed to complement the range of other on-going parent support which ASCETS provide for parents of children with Autism and associated Social Communication Difficulties.
For more information about Autism Parenting support and to book on to a course, please contact call 01302 734838. Alternatively you can speak to the SENCo at your child's school who can make a referral on your behalf.
Behaviour Outreach Support Service (BOSS)
Our team vision is to enhance and empower the circle of support for Doncaster children, inspiring them to become the best version of themselves.
Our services include:
The service can be accessed by schools referring children for outreach support. If you feel your child may benefit from our services, please contact your school in the first instance.
We also offer open training for schools and other agencies at our office in Bentley - this can be tailored to meet the needs of the client and offered in-house where necessary.
Educational Psychology Service
The Educational Psychology Service works with children, parents, schools, pre-school providers, other education settings and health and care agencies to apply the principles of the SEN Code of Practice to:
- help children and young people to improve their learning and to achieve the best they can in life
- promote the inclusion of all children and young people in the life of their school and in the local community
Tel: 01302 737291
SENDIAS Service - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support (formerly SAIDSEND)
The best results can be achieved if parents, carers, teachers and others involved with you or your child can work together to make a difference to your child's education and the lives of young people. We work together with partners to give parents/carers and young people the information you need to achieve the best possible future for you or your children.
Tel: 01302 736920
Participation and Transition Service
Tel: 01302 862150
Service for Children with a Hearing Impairment (SCHI)
The SCHI will help promote a culture where pupils with a hearing impairment are included in all aspects of school life and are given equal educational opportunities to realise their full potential.
For further information, advice and guidance visit the website below or alternatively contact Sarah Barton.
Team contacts - HI Service Contacts
- HI Referral Form
- Download (224KB - DOC)
- How to Clean Hearing Aids and Earmoulds
- How to Re-tube an Earmould
- How to Change a Hearing Aid Batter
***Please remember to store & dispose of batteries safely & out of the reach of young children/ those who are vulnerable. (If you suspect or know someone has swallowed a battery, they need to go to A&E straight away).
Doncaster Royal Infirmary Children’s Audiology -
- Appointment/repair/mould Booking System: 01302 642500
- Audiology Department/Hearing Aid Batteries: 01302 642763
Sheffield Children’s Audiology only:
Sheffield Children’s Audiology are able offer some limited telephone appointments and provide some postal service – you can contact them via email if you feel it is urgent: firstname.lastname@example.org
For enquiries relating to batteries, hearing aid repairs or ear moulds contact: 07854 089810, Answers to FAQs: www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/services/hearing
Charities who support/inform
- National Deaf Children's Society Phone: 0808 800 8880, 0786 00 22 888 (SMS)
- Doncaster Deaf Children's Society Phone: 07971607659
- Buzz Website for deaf young people 12-18 years
How (and what) we hear
- How the process of hearing works video-clip by MED-EL – Process of Hearing
- Hearing Loss Simulator - provides an idea about what it may sound like for someone to hear based on their hearing loss severity unaided
- Deaf Friendly Strategies (NDCS)
How to activate subtitles for on-demand videos:
Product support and equipment
- Phonak product support website (to access instruction books for hearing aids/ radio-aid systems) – Phonak Product Support
- Cochlear support – Cochlear.com/home
- Advanced Bionics – Advancedbionics.com/uk
- Connevans catalogue (for equipment to support everyday living with hearing loss) – Connevans.co.uk
Support for Cochlear Implant Users (instruction books/ videos)
- Cochlear Nucleus 7 processor device users
- Cochlear Nucleus 6 processor device users
- Advanced Bionics Naida Q70/Q90 CI Device users
Support for Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) wearers
- Cochlear Baha 5/ Baha 5 Power/ Baha 4 users (scroll down to find your device) – Cochlear.com
- Oticon Ponto 3 / Oticon Ponto 4 Baha users (scroll down to find the relevant guide for your BAHA) – Oticon Medical.com
- Support for Oticon Hearing Aid wearers – Oticon.co.uk
- The Listening Room - (website developed by Phonak & Advanced Bionics (AB) which contains free resources and ideas to support deaf children’s spoken language and listening development for all ages)
- Book Trust - (for some great books which are read aloud. Some have signing included)
- Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme (NAIP) information
- Resources for children with deaf adults - has some good resources to keep your children busy
- Advanced Bionics listening resources - (supporting all children with a hearing loss – all housed in one webpage which can be accessed by logging in on
- For Adults and Teens: SoundSuccess, The Listening Room and Musical Atmospheres.
- For under 5 users: BabyBeats™ program.
- For school aged children: Listening Adventures, Vocab Scenes and The Listening Room.
- Delta Natural Aural Approach
- Cued Speech
- Auditory Verbal Therapy
- British Sign Language/ Sign Supported English Explained
British Sign Language (BSL)
Service for Children with a Visual Impairment (SCVI)
The Service for Children with a Visual Impairment (SCVI) has three main aims:
- Maximise access to the curriculum
- Support children, young people and their families to understand and manage their Visual Impairment
- Maximise independence in preparation for leaving secondary education
Amanda Bayley-Sunter (BSc, QTS, QTVI)
Doncaster Services for Children with Vision Impairment
- M: 07920 283550
- T: 01302 734838
- E: Amanda.Bayley-Sunter@doncaster.gov.uk
- A: SEND/VI, Floor 3, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
Please be aware that this is a term time only service, we will endeavor to respond as soon as possible.
- Consent and Referral Form
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