Specialist Inclusion Support Service (SISS)

SISS provides a service for mainstream schools to support them in planning their provision for individual children and young people with SEN. The target group for the service includes those children and young people who have been identified as requiring special educational provision and who have significant learning difficulties in relation to the broad area described in the SEND Code of Practice as ‘Cognition and Learning’.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Bartlett
Contact Position
Learning Support Services Manager

Where to go

West Street House
West Street
RG14 1BZ

The service is available to all mainstream schools and academies in West Berkshire and to schools and academies in neighbouring Local Authorities who have children eligible for the service and who are West Berkshire residents. If capacity allows the service can be provided to schools in other Local Authorities for children who are not resident in West Berkshire, although there is a charge for this.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Term Time in school hours
Time of day

Other Details


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

There is a referral form.  This must be completed showing parental consent and sent with all relevant documents.

Local Offer


The Specialist Inclusion Support Service (SISS) is provided by staff from the Local Authority's Special Schools - Brookfields School and The Castle School.

The aims of the service are: 

·         to promote the inclusion of pupils with SEN in mainstream schools

·         to share with mainstream schools the expertise and resources available in special schools

·         to support the improvement of the quality of provision for pupils with SEN in mainstream schools.

·         To support positive outcomes for pupils with SEN in mainstream schools.

The Specialist Inclusion Support Service can provide:

·         advice for staff on the child’s learning needs, including specific assessments where appropriate.

-           curriculum access/differentiation

-           teaching strategies

-           target setting/SAPs

-           advice on teaching specific subjects to pupils with SEN

-           advice on transition

·        a written outcome of visits with recommendations, including practical strategies.

·        training for school staff in relation to the pupil’s special educational needs, including visits to observe teaching at the special school, where appropriate.

·        for a pupil on the SISS caseload the school will be offered a minimum of one visit each term (ie three visits in each academic year).

·        Attendance at meetings – including Annual Reviews, Multi-professional meetings, etc


Contact Name
Karen Bartlett
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
SEN Provision Type
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties
Local Offer Age Bands
5 to 7
7 to 11
12 to 14
15 to 16
Needs Level

General Provider

Is your service accessible? (consider in general terms how you make your service accessible, in addition to any specific premises issues)

Please let us know of any additional needs we should consider when working with your child.

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

Pupils who are suitable for referral to the service will be pupils who: • have been identified as having significant special educational needs • have been provided with appropriate support by the school in accordance with the SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years, (DfE, 2014), including implementation and monitoring of at least 2 cycles of support • are known to, or have recently (within the previous 12 months) been discussed with other services, for example the Educational Psychology Service, Cognition and Learning Team, ASD Mainstream Advisory Service or Early Development and Inclusion Team, Sensory Consortium Service, Behaviour Intervention Team, Speech and Language Therapy Service, or other relevant services. • have general learning difficulties and are attaining at a level significantly below age related expectations in relation to Foundation Stage Profile, P scales, National Curriculum Levels or Average Point Scores. o For a pupil in KS 1 – FS profile/P scales/ APS 3 or below o For a pupil in KS 2 – P scales/NC level 1 or low 2/APS 13 or below o For a pupil in KS 3 – P scales/ NC level 1-2/APS 17 or below o For a pupil in KS 4 - P scales/ NC level 1-2/APS 17 or below • may, in addition to or associated with their general learning difficulties, have other Special Educational Needs according to the SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years (DfE, 2014)

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

All referrals should be made by the mainstream school the pupil attends and must be on the West Berkshire Specialist Inclusion Support Service Referral Form. Referrals must include information about the school’s assessment of the pupil’s level of achievement on Foundation Stage Profile, P-scales, NC levels or APS, or other form of attainment/progress measure It is important to indicate on the form which other SEN support services or agencies are involved, and to discuss the referral with the relevant services, as indicated in the Referral Criteria. Referrals should be sent to one of the following: o Learning Support Services Manager o Brookfields School o The Castle School. The referral will be discussed at the SISS Panel meeting after the referral has been received, the SISS panel meets once a month. Following the SISS Panel meeting letters will be sent (electronically where possible) to schools to communicate the outcome of the referral. If the referral is agreed by the SISS Panel, it will be passed on to the appropriate special school. The special school will make contact with the referring school within 5 working days of the SISS Panel meeting. For any referral the special school will arrange an initial visit to take place within 4 school term weeks of the SISS Panel meeting.

What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services? (include timescales for responding to referrals and accessing services)

Referrals are discussed at the Specialist Inclusion Support Service Panel, this is held monthly in term time. Referers are contacted within a week of the panel meeting to give the result of the referral. When a referral is accepted, an initial visit to the school takes place within 4 weeks of the panel meeting.

Who provides / funds your service?
Local Authority
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Feedback and complaints procedure

Concerns or issues shoud be discussed with the relevant member of staff from the service. Feedback can also be given to Rhian Ireland, Learning Support Services Manager at West Street House West Street Newbury RG14 1BZ rireland@westberks.gov.uk The Local Authority's complaint procedure can be found at: xxxxx

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

The staff are all CRB checked and receive regular training in safeguarding.

Quality checks

  • DBS check

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