Specialist teaching and learning services

Our Specialist Teaching and Learning Services team provides a service for children and young people (0 - 19 years) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also offer advice and training for pre-schools, mainstream schools and academies on how to meet the needs of children with SEND.

Our specialist teachers are experienced teachers with a qualification in one or more areas of SEND. They work with the other professionals who are in contact with the child and their family to help that child or young person to achieve their learning goals.

We can provide specialist assessments for children and young people based on their individual needs. We will arrange a visit, sometimes more than one, to see your child in preschool or at school so we can understand how your child's special educational need or disability affects the way they learn or their access to education. We will create a plan suggesting ways that your child's learning can be supported by both you and the professionals in your child's school.

For some children, especially those with physical and sensory impairments, the plan may include direct support. Direct support means teaching the child or young person specific skills, for example Braille or British Sign Language (BSL).

Contact

If you think that your child could benefit from our service

Please speak to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at your child's preschool or school first.

If your child already uses our service

You can contact your area team using the details below.

AreaEmailTelephone
Ashforddawn.donovan@kent.gov.uk03000 419071
01233 629383
Canterburyrebecca.hemmings@kent.gov.uk03000 421139
01227 464316
Dartfordangela.knight@kent.gov.uk01474 704497
Dovermichael.gorf@kent.gov.uk03000 417842
Graveshammparsons@ifield.kent.sch.uk01474 536924
Maidstonetracey.bradley@kent.gov.uk01622 746660
Sevenoaksemma.bradshaw@kent.gov.uk03000 419369
01959 560592
Shepwayalexa.brooker@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk01303 261155
Option 3
Swalejodie.williams@kent.gov.uk03000 417589
Thanetsarah.tyman@kent.gov01843 572511
Tonbridge and Mallingclaire.foley@kent.gov.uk03000 419997
Tunbridge Wellsjulie.goodfellow@kent.gov.uk03000 419371
01892 502466