Targeted Education Support Service (TESS)

We are specialist, qualified and experienced teachers and educational practitioners who work with schools to support children and young people (aged 4-16) when learning progress, social, emotional or mental health are causing concern. We work with every school in the borough.

What we do

  • Provide specialist advice to support progress - through consultation, observation, modelling good practice and, where appropriate, assessment. We also offer a bespoke one to one teaching service to schools that includes modelling and coaching
  • Deliver training - on evidence-based interventions for literacy, mathematics, social skills and emotional development. Training also covers teachers’ awareness of SEND strategies, SEND Code of Practice, school and department of education policies and research updates around inclusion.

Getting help

  • Referrals to us are via the school
  • If your child is having difficulties at school or not making progress please speak to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at your child's school.


We have produced a number of checklists and resources that draw upon wider research and knowledge to help schools and other settings support pupils with SEND.


Quality first teaching

School policy


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