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Pupil Support Service

Last Updated 02/09/2019

The Pupil Support Service is a team of highly experienced, specialist, additionally qualified teachers, who support schools in meeting the educational needs of pupils with a wide range of SEND. The team’s approach is flexible, working in partnership with schools to enable effective delivery of the curriculum and to ensure high quality outcomes for all learners. The service provided can be targeted at a whole school, group or individual level and offers the following:

  • Direct specifically tailored teaching and learning for individual pupils and small groups.
  • Base-line formalised assessments including: - York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension - Helen Arkell spelling test - Neal Analysis of reading accuracy - Sandwell Early Numeracy Test - British Picture Vocabulary Test - Phonological Assessment Battery.
  • Close and rigorous tracking of progress.
  • Evaluation of the impact of intervention over time.
  • Professional assessment and reporting e.g. for statutory assessment.
  • Intervention that is planned and monitored and promotes pupils independence.
  • Advice on SEN resources, teaching and learning approaches
  • Support with aspirational target setting
  • Professional development to a variety of professional groups including teachers and LSAs.
  • On-going advice and support for staff and parents

Who to contact

Contact Name
Steve Comber
Contact Position
Head of Local Offer and SEN Outreach

Where to go

Pupil Support Service
Kensington Town Hall
Hornton Street
W8 7NX

Other Details


Costings Schools are invited to take out a Service Level Agreement. As we develop the policy and processes for personal budgets, this service will potentially be available for consideration by parents as part of their personal budget allocation. Specialist teaching time is bought in blocks of half a day. Teachers can be employed to cover Individual Support Time (IST) as designated by a pupil's statement of Special Educational Needs.


Age Ranges
0-25 years

Local Offer

Local Offer Record `
Who is this service available to?

This service is available to schools wishing to promote the educational attainment and support pupils in KS1 and KS2 experiencing a range of difficulties e.g. language delay, ASD, dyslexia and dyscalculia. It addresses the learning needs of a wide range of pupils providing support that is targeted, flexible and personalised. This support can be delivered at individual, group and school level. Flexible packages can also be negotiated

How do you access this service?

This is a targeted, specialist service that is accessed by schools through direct purchase of the service. Funding for non-statutory support is delegated to schools. The school is invited to take out a service level agreement with the Pupil Support Service and will be provided with an experienced SEN teacher for a set amount of time each week. The pupils to be supported and type of input to be provided will be agreed between the school and service, taking into account the differing requirements of schools and pupils. This will then be monitored and reviewed to ensure that the Client receives the support agreed in the SLA. The Head of Service will ensure that any teacher deployed into the school is clear about the agreed expectations with regard to the support provided and that this is then reviewed and evaluated.

How do we ensure the quality of this service?

The quality of this service is ensured by the use of staff that are highly trained and experienced in the teaching and learning of pupil’s with Special Educational Needs. Members of staff adhere to the rigorous service standards. The team keep up to date with current developments in a wide range of Special Educational Needs to facilitate a flexible and versatile service. Outcomes are evaluated through: monitoring of pupil progress through data provided by schools; standardised assessments, classroom observations, teacher/parent/pupil consultations. As part of the wider Sensory and Language Impairment Team the service is benchmarked through DfE Quality Standards for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support and Outreach Services 2009.

Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

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