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The Specialist Service for Special Educational Needs (SSSEN) information and guidance.

The Specialist Service for Special Educational Needs (SSSEN) works directly with pupils with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, Graduated Response for Individual Pupil (GRIP) plans and Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund (EYSEN IF) plans. We work in state funded mainstream nursery, infant, junior and primary schools within Derbyshire.

Our role

The service aims to ensure the inclusion and achievement of children with special educational needs and build expertise and capacity within schools in Derbyshire, in line with current local and national strategies.

What we do

SSSEN provides weekly support to the child and school and liaises regularly with parents/carers. Progress made towards outcomes, recorded in the child’s EHC/GRIP/EYSEN IF plan, is evaluated and reported at the review meeting. The SSSEN teacher will recommend if the service should continue based on whether the child still meets SSSEN criteria. The decision to discontinue SSSEN support is made by the head of service following the recommendations on the SSSEN review report in line with SSSEN criteria.

SSSEN provision is specified as the following on EHC plans: ‘Additional teaching, advice and support will be delivered in school by a teacher from the SSSEN. This will give learning opportunities on at least a weekly basis’.

The service works in partnership with schools, parents/carers and other professionals to deliver a high quality teaching support service which maximises personalised learning and promotes individual inclusion for all children.

The Service consists of approximately 80 full time and part time specialist teachers including the head of service and is organised into seven area teams.

Criteria for support

In order to receive support from SSSEN the child must attend a state funded mainstream nursery, infant, junior or primary school and have an EHC, GRIP or
EYSEN IF plan, with SSSEN named as provision on the plan. Support from SSSEN is agreed by the head of service when the child has significant barriers
to learning and complex cognitive and learning needs that meet SSSEN criteria.

Monitoring and review

We have an annual service development plan linked to the children's services plan which is reviewed annually in our service report. Evaluation is undertaken with schools, parents, pupils and other agencies on an annual basis.


For general enquiries relating to SSSEN, please email:

Alex Butler, acting head of service (SSSEN)

Tel: 01629 532722

To contact an SSSEN team, please use the SSSEN service contact details document.

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