Support available to schools for Severe Learning Difficulties

Find out about the support available to educational settings.

The SEN Inclusion Service for Severe Learning Difficulties (SENIS SLD) supports children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) arising from difficulties in the following SEN Categories:

  • Cognition and Learning (C&L)

SENIS SLD is a regional service made up of a team of professionals with knowledge, understanding and specific training in Severe Learning Difficulties and associated SEN. The team supports primary and post-primary aged children and young people and the mainstream schools that they attend.

We provide training, advice and support and work for the effective inclusion of children and young people with SEN arising from Severe Learning Difficulties.

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


One of our roles is to support a child and parents while also building capacity within schools. We offer a regional and school-based training programme, specifically designed for school staff in primary and post-primary mainstream educational settings and schools.

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

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