Support available to schools

Find out about the support available to educational settings. 

The SEN Inclusion Service for Down Syndrome (SENIS DS) supports children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) arising from difficulties in the following SEN Categories:

  • Cognition and Learning (C&L)

SENIS DS is a regional service made up of a team of professionals with knowledge, understanding and specific training in Down syndrome and associated SEN. The team supports children in their pre pre-school year and pre-school year, primary, post-primary education and special school settings.

We provide training, advice and support and work for the effective inclusion of children and young people with SEN arising from a medical diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo) may also access resources via your local SENIS DS Advisory Teacher or by contacting the Service.  


One of our roles is to support a child or young person with Down syndrome and their parents or carers whole also building capacity within schools. We offer a regional and school-based training programme, specifically designed for school staff in pre-school, primary, post-primary and special educational settings or schools.

This includes an online training service that school staff may access via the Children and Young People's Service Training Programme. Alternatively, schools may request face-to-face training via your SENIS DS Advisory Teacher by your school SENCo.

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Contact the Down Syndrome Service

The Down Syndrome Service can be contacted for advice and information specific to children and young people who have, or may have, Down syndrome.