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Gateshead SENDIAS

Gateshead Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

Gateshead Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) work with parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and with children and young people themselves.

In this film designed for young people, you can see and hear from some of the children we work with and learn more about our work.

What is SEN?

Children or young people with SEN may have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age.

They may experience difficulties with:

  • All or some of their school work
  • Reading, writing, number work or understanding information
  • Expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
  • Making friends or relating to adults
  • Behaving properly in school
  • Organising themselves
  • Vision, hearing or physical ability which may affect them in school

The Gateshead Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is provided by Barnardo’s Gateshead Disability and Inclusion Support Service (DAISS) on behalf of Gateshead Council. It can help parents work with schools to get the right level of support to enable their children to fulfil their potential and it can help young people work with either college or sixth form to do the same.

The Special Educational Needs system changed with the new Children's and Families Act 2014 which came into affect in September 2014.  We can help you to understand these changes. You can also look at The Gateshead Council's Local Offer on their website.

As part of these changes, the Government has provided some funding to Gateshead SENDIASS as part of a national Independent Supporter programme.  Independent Support (I.S.) is a programme currently funded until March 2016 to provide additional help to young people and parents during the implementation of the SEND reforms.  Trained Independent Supporters will help parents and young people through the new assessment process and the development of a plan.  The support will be provided to new entrants to the system, children with a statement converting to a single plan, young people with an LDA converting to a single plan.  

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