Barnsley Education Specialist Support Team (BESST)

Children we work with

If a child in your setting displays any of the following behaviours, we can carry out an assessment and recommend a package of support to meet their learning needs:

  • persistently ignores and/or misunderstands instructions
  • finds it difficult to understand or respond to verbal cues
  • finds it difficult to communicate through spoken language/interactions with peers and adults.
  • has difficulty with language-related topics and in understanding new/complex concepts
  • gets frustrated and anxious because of their difficulty to communicate, leading to associated behavioural difficulties and peer relationships
  • has a tendency to rely on peers, observing behaviour and activities to cue into expected responses
  • has a tendency to withdraw from social situations and an increasing passivity and absence of initiative
  • increasingly uses additional strategies to facilitate communication
  • requires additional systems to support all aspects of communication, for example, BSL, additional audiological equipment.

Our core offer

  • Initial assessment and initial observation
  • Information sharing
  • Annual eligibility assessments
  • Advice on specialist equipment
  • Maintenance of hearing aid equipment

Our traded offer

  • All support to FE
  • Vocabulary, listening and language, develop real world knowledge/general knowledge and memory skills development including modelling
  • Assessments to support advice to settings
  • AQA Scheme Award
  • Specific training on aspects of hearing impairment
  • Pre- and post-tutoring
  • Inference and comprehension work
  • Delivery plans
  • Advice on learning styles
  • Joint planning with staff
  • Support for resource provisions
  • Self-esteem/preparing for adulthood/ and social inclusion for deaf children
  • Transition support for deaf children.
  • Training on hearing aid maintenance
  • Training on radio aid maintenance
  • Assessment and tracking using the Monitoring Protocol in a setting
  • On-going multi-agency liaison around the deaf child with audiology, hearing services, SALT and families
  • Advice on exam arrangements for deaf children
  • Environmental audits
  • Deaf identity and advocacy