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Referral Process


The specialist support team will be working collaboratively with settings and there will be accountability from both sides.

Pupils must be at Range 3 or above on the TfC SEND Ranges and this should be evidenced by the provision on the support plan.

We can only accept referrals from educational settings (registered nursery or school settings) within Sunderland.  We are unable to accept referrals from GP’s, health professionals, childminders or parents/ carers.

Our offer:

  • We can/will work with other support teams to ensure the best outcomes for the child or young person.


  • Training opportunities may be identified following a referral to the service. E.g. 1:1 training with SENDCo, whole school training etc.

Individual advice:

  • Opening meeting with parents, teaching assistant/key worker, lead practitioner, teacher or SENDCo.
  • Up to 3 visits if needed in collaboration with the SENDCo. More support/visits given to high priority cases at support team discretion.

SEN Process

  • We will work in partnership with the school as part of the SEN process.

Our requirements:

  • Detailed evidence of the range the Child or young person is working within and an up to date support plan.
  • Copy of child’s provision map with reference to SEND notional finance.
  • SENDCo available for a consultation at each visit.
  • Access to the classroom
  • Access to teacher planning.
  • Specialist support teams outcomes to be embedded in child’s support plan.
  • Complete feedback/evaluation questionnaire.
  • SENDCo to cascade advice and strategies to rest of the school where relevant as the services are unable to offer repeat advice.
  • SENDCo role to ensure that strategies and advice offered by the support team is being implemented within the school.


Please find a copy of our referral form available to download below.

 Please find an example of a completed referral form for an Early Years, Primary and Secondary setting below.

Early years example

Primary Example

Secondary Example