Contact the Moderate Learning Difficulties Service
The Moderate Learning Difficulties Service can be contacted for advice and information specific to children and young people who have, or may have, moderate learning difficulties.
Timeline and criteria for accessing support.
Criteria and Timelines are under review as part of the SEND Transformation Programme. They are also impacted by the current significant financial constraints and pressures facing education.
A child or young person can access the SEN Inclusion Service for Moderate Learning Difficulties without a Statement of Special Educational Needs.
Resources are available to schools who are supporting children and young people with Moderate Learning Difficulty recorded as their primary need, under the SEN Category of Cognition and Learning. There is no criteria for accessing these.
Training is available for school staff. This includes online training, which school staff may access via the Children and Young People's Service Training Programme. There is no criteria necessary to access this.
Face-to-face training may be requested by liaising with your SENIS Moderate Learning Difficulties Advisory Teacher and school Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
Advice and Guidance is available to teachers, classroom assistants and other relevant professionals as well as parents or carers of children and young people with Moderate Learning Difficulty who have been referred to SENIS Moderate Learning Difficulty by the Educational Psychology Service.
Pupil Support may be available, where appropriate, to children and young people with Moderate Learning Difficulties.
To access support, a pupil will need either:
An Educational Psychologist makes a referral to the SEN Inclusion Service for Moderate Learning Difficulties via email.
Once a referral is received and if criteria is met, the parent or carer will be contacted within 16 weeks and the Service will assign an Advisory Teacher to the child or young person.
An initial assessment will begin within 8 weeks and may include:
On completion of initial assessment, the most appropriate package of support will be developed to support the child’s current needs. This will be done in collaboration with them, their parents and the school.
The pupil may need more support from our Service during key milestones and less support at other times. Support is always provided on a needs-led basis.