EPSS Professional Support Menu

Updated: 12/05/22

Raising Standards

  • Support for cluster development and operations
  • Information and resources on individual needs and whole cluster/school issues
  • Training in meeting the needs of children and young people who have SEND/AEN e.g. Autistic Spectrum Condition, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attachment Disorders, ADHD, ODD, experience bullying
  • Training on whole cluster/school issues, such as anti-bullying; classroom management; working with parents; emotional wellbeing; differentiating the curriculum; learning styles; mediated learning and learning scaffolding
  • Consultation, mentoring and practical hands on work for teaching and non-teaching staff
  • Assessment of children’s cognition and learning, emotional & social needs.
  • Advice and support on developing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and monitoring progress of children
  • Attendance at review meetings for children and young people
  • Support/training around Disability and SEND Tribunals
  • Support for transitions
  • Support for SEND tracking/monitoring systems (pre- or post-Ofsted)
  • Support for collating evidence to request a statutory assessment of SEND

Cognition & Learning

  • Cluster/school training on literacy interventions, including Sound Discovery & A.R.R.O.W.
  • Advice on access arrangements for public examinations
  • Loan of materials including training materials, laptops and iPads for children and young people.
  • Consultation on best ways of teaching literacy and numeracy to children and young people who have additional needs
  • Assessment of children and young people who experience literacy/numeracy/memory difficulties
  • Specialist/trial teaching for those children and young people who have longstanding problems acquiring basic learning skills
  • Information/Training on metacognition and learning styles
  • Advice and support on Computer Assisted Learning (CAL)
  • Advice and support on difficulties that result from working memory problems
  • Information / training on mediated learning
  • Dynamic assessment and advice on specific mediated learning strategies
  • Advice/support/interventions for specific learning difficulties dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dyspraxia,

Communication & Interaction

  • Cluster/school training on language development in children and meeting the needs of children with specific communication difficulties
  • Consultation, advice and practical support for teaching and non-teaching staff on evidence based classroom practice
  • Assessment of children & young people who experience difficulties with language and communication
  • Provision and monitoring of language programmes
  • Supporting children in dealing with name calling or teasing

Sensory and Physical

  • Information/training for clusters/schools on disabilities
  • Information / training for schools / clusters on educational implication of working with children with complex medical conditions and their parents
  • Support and practical bespoke interventions for children and young people
  • Support around DDA matters (e.g. reasonable adjustments)
  • Advice and support on issues arising from the Equalities Act, 2010

Social, Emotional, and Mental Health

  • Information/training for clusters/schools on stress (including exam stress), anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders and other well-being issues
  • Advice and training on behaviour management
  • Advice and training on anti-bullying and training for young people
  • Advice and training on using solution-focus approaches
  • Advice and training on emotional literacy
  • Advice and training on social skills, self awareness and self esteem
  • Setting up a Circle of Friends intervention for children and young people who are socially isolated
  • Direct work with children and young people experiencing emotional/emerging mental health issues supporting them using Cognitive Behaviour Intervention (CBI), Solution Focused Intervention (SFI), Therapeutic Story writing and EMDR. This is available for individuals and groups of children/young people
  • Bespoke interventions for young people using Motivational Interviewing
  • Bespoke psychological interventions for children and young people who refuse to attend school
  • Preparation (parents/pupils) for return home from a residential school
  • Mediation regarding disagreement/conflict with parents
  • Support for parent involvement projects

Whole-school / cluster activities

  • Consultancy support for cluster SENDCos and school leaders
  • Cluster/school training in SEND/child development/teaching and learning to support networks
  • Training for school Governors
  • FSP attendance/support
  • Stress management for staff
  • Research and project support
  • Support with evaluation of pupil progress
  • Support for inclusion activities and dual placements
  • Advice on anti-bullying strategies
  • Support for emotional well-being
  • Over-sight of school-based interventions
  • Support for responses to complaints and Tribunal appeals
  • Support/facilitation for user-participation activities

Coaching & brokering

  • Training and supervision in delivering specific therapeutic based approaches
  • Coaching of SENDCos and other cluster / school staff
  • Professional supervision in psychological, social work and learning matters
  • Group supervision
  • Brokering access to other services



  • Support with data analysis, trends and SEND decision making processes at cluster / school level
  • Support with case studies, action research and other research priorities on whole cluster / school issues, improvement
  • Support in disseminating relevant research information in professional publications to a wider audience
  • Any other measures to help clusters and schools support children with SEND/AEN