Special Educational Needs Support Services (SENSS)

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SENSS is a countywide Special Educational Needs (SEN) teaching and advisory support service.

What’s important to us (our values):

We work in partnership to secure good outcomes and a positive future for children and young people with SEN and / or disability. 

Our aim is that children and young people with SEN make good progress, achieve well and enjoy school, family and community life.

What we do:

·         Support, advise and empower staff in schools and settings to understand the needs of children and young people with SEN.

·         Provide assessment and advice in relation to the child / young person’s additional needs or disability.

·         Ensure that the views, wishes, perspectives and experiences of the children and young people are fully reflected in their provision.

·         Support children and young people to develop a positive understanding of their own SEN / disability.

·         Carry out assessments in relation to specialist equipment.

·         Make specialist provision for children with particular needs in a number of specialist Resources Bases attached to mainstream schools.

·    We base our work on the strongest evidence base recognising that there are other approaches

Who we offer this service to:

We work with children and young people with:

·       Deafness/hearing loss

·       Vision impairments

·       Multi Sensory Impairments

·       Communication and Interaction Difficulties (includes autism, speech, language and communication needs)

·       Down Syndrome and Complex Needs

·       Physical Disabilities

·       SEN-ICT-AAC   

How and when we do it:

·         We are a service which is available during school term time.

·         We work primarily in schools and educational settings, but also in homes, where necessary.

·         We have a range of professionals in our teams including specialist advisory teachers, support workers, therapists, technicians and learning mentors.

·         We work closely with SENCOs, class teachers, teaching assistants and other support staff in schools. 

·         We liaise closely with families and we work collaboratively with other agencies involved with the child.

·         We provide advice, support, interventions and some direct teaching. 

·         We offer a range of training from individual training around a child’s needs to whole school and area based specialist courses to support continuing professional development

SENSS staff work hard, in partnership with schools and families, to ensure that children with SEND are well supported.  In doing this they are entitled to respect.  SENSS will not tolerate rudeness or any behaviour toward staff that undermines them and we request that staff are treated with respect at all times. Thank you for your support in this.

How to contact us:

Please call SENSS on 01865 323070 if you are unsure.


We respect the need for confidentiality and the responsible and informed sharing of personal information. If there are concerns regarding a child’s safety we would, having, where possible, initially identified our concerns with the parents/ carers, liaise with Social Care in accordance with Oxfordshire’s Safeguarding Children procedures. https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/report-child-abuse


Comments, Compliments and Complaints:

If you wish to make a comment , give a compliment or make a complaint about the service, please contact SENSS on 01865 323070 and ask to speak to a senior manager. Or you can email the service at senss@oxfordshire.gov.uk. Alternatively contact: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/comments-compliments-and-complaints-about-oxfordshire-county-council


Who to contact

SENSS - 01865 323070 SENSS - 01865 323070

Where to go

SEN Support Services
Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JD
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Referral required
Referral Details

Referrals can be made via a variety of routes. These can include

  • Via professionals through the universal early years referral system known as SPORFI (Single Point of Request for Information)
  • From schools
  • Parents/carers can contact the service for advice
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