Barnsley Education Specialist Support Team (BESST)

Early years

  • Home visits individual child
  • Setting /childminder visit individual child – transition visit to setting
  • SEN Support for SENCO in setting / childminder
  • Attending meetings
  • Writing reports
  • Advice on access to curriculum
  • Guidance on targets, strategies, monitoring and evaluating progress
  • SENCO Network meetings
  • Childminder Forum

Hearing impairment

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

Visual impairment

  • Initial assessment and initial observation
  • Annual eligibility assessments
  • Advice on specialist equipment
  • Information sharing
  • Initial environmental audit in a primary/secondary setting
  • Maintenance of mobility aids

Social communication and interaction

  • Initial assessment and initial observation
  • Information sharing
  • Advice on specialist equipment
  • PECS
  • Two planning meetings a year
  • A visit to a child who receives a diagnosis of ASD

What schools say about us

  • Brilliant - good support for both children and practitioners.
    Barnsley school
  • They always work collaboratively with the school, respond promptly to emails, and answer questions swiftly - great service.
    Barnsley school