Barnsley Education Inclusion Services

Children we work with

If a child in your setting displays any of the following behaviours, we can carry out an assessment. After this we can give you support to meet their needs:

  • frequently ignores or doesn't understand your instructions
  • finds it hard to understand or respond to verbal cues
  • finds it difficult to communicate through spoken language or interactions with peers and adults
  • has problems with language or other related topics and in understanding new or complex concepts
  • gets frustrated and anxious because of their difficulty to communicate. This can lead to related behavioural problems and peer relationships
  • has a tendency to rely on peers, observing behaviour and activities to cue into expected responses
  • withdraws from social settings and an increasing passivity
  • often uses different ways to communicate
  • needs more systems to help communication, for example BSL, additional audiological equipment

Meet the team

Between us we have a breadth of knowledge and expertise. We can help you meet the needs of children and young people with hearing impairment.

Our hearing support team are:

  • specialist advisory teachers:
    • Leanne Allen
    • John Barron
    • Becky Cook
  • specialist support worker:
    • Melissa Collinson

Our offer

Our hearing support offer includes:

  • initial and ongoing assessment observation (determined by NatSIP)
  • information sharing
  • annual assessments
  • advice on specialist equipment
  • maintenance of hearing aid equipment
  • vocabulary, listening and language
  • assessments to support advice to settings
  • specific training on aspects of deafness and hearing loss
  • pre and post tutoring
  • inference and comprehension work
  • advice on learning styles
  • joint planning with staff
  • self-esteem, preparing for adulthood, social inclusion for deaf children and young people
  • help to develop theory of mind and social or emotional understanding
  • personal understanding of deafness programme
  • transition support for deaf children and young people
  • on-going multi-agency liaison around the deaf children and young people with audiology, hearing services, SALT and families
  • environmental audits
  • deaf identity and advocacy
  • introduction to BSL


Our packages

Our hearing support packages for involvement are delivered as a core service.

Package Equivalent days of support over an academic year


Children and young people (0 to 25 years old) are normally referred to the service by a health professional. This may be an audiologist, who may already be involved.

Referrals can be made by educational settings. You must make sure any medical details about the child’s or young person's hearing is given. You can do this by completing our sensory support consent form and emailing it to us at

When we get the consent form we'll carry out an initial visit at the setting or family home. We'll discuss the child's needs and possible service offer.