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Services in Christchurch

Special Educational Needs Specialist Service (SENSS)

Schools in Christchurch are able to buy in the Special Educational Needs Specialist Service from Dorset Council

The service aims to:

  • provide specialist assessment
  • provide specialist teaching and advice for pupils with SEN
  • promote awareness and understanding through excellent and informed training and practice 
  • develop confident, independent learning in partnership with other professionals, schools and parents

Who can access this service

The service provides support to pupils, schools and the local council for specific learning difficulties. This service is for school-aged children. The service must receive a referral from the school to provide this service, so speak to your school if you think your child needs this support. 

The difficulties the service provides support for include:

  • dyslexia
  • language disorder 
  • dyspraxia 
  • dyscalculia
  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • the wider range of SEN

The service available to schools includes:

  • support for individual pupils
  • whole-school approaches to inclusion
  • training and modelling

Principal Advisory Teacher east

Name: Kitty Huthwaite
Email: k.j.huthwaite@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Tel: 01202 870130
Full details for Principal Advisory Teacher east

Principal Advisory Teacher west

Name: Jane Cottee
Email: j.cottee@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 228300
Full details for Principal Advisory Teacher west

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