Targeted Education Support Service (TESS)

We are highly 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 educational progress - This may be through assessments, consultation and/or observation ending in a written report. We will also be involved in meetings where concerns and progress are discussed such as an Early Help meeting, Education Health and Care Plan review, or a Pastoral Support Programme meeting
  • Deliver training - Practical suggestions around the teaching of reading, spelling, mathematics, social skills, emotional development as well as developing teachers own awareness of SEND strategies and the SEND: Code of Practice. Training is delivered both across the borough and individually to schools. School based training is personalised to meet the need of each school
  • Modelling best practice - Working in schools with their staff in the classroom using a positive solution-focused approach.

Getting help

  • Referrals to us are via the school.
  • If your child is having difficulties accessing their school work or in making progress please speak to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at your child's school. 
  • Professionals need to follow the procedures set out in the High Expectations for All file.

Resources

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.

SEMH

Quality first teaching

Top tips

School policy

LGBTQ

Newsletters

A-Z

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