Who are we?
The 5-19 team is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Specialist Teachers, Specialist Assistants, Educational Psychologists and Social Workers.
The teachers are specialists in the following areas: Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, ICT and Access, Language and Communication.
We work at different levels. The team supports schools develop children and young people through regular Senco meetings. During these meetings we inform about/discuss National Initiatives and general teaching and learning strategies.
We also work in schools and colleges where we advise these about inclusive practice for individual children and young people following assessment. This is done through either consultations and through individual work with children and young people.
In addition we visit the Havering children and young people with an Education, Health and Care plan who are educated outside London Borough of Havering to advise about their further development and transitional periods.
Our focus is on the most vulnerable children and young people with the most complex needs. These are typically the young people without a school placement, with complex learning, social and emotional needs which can sometimes be compounded by social care service needs, so circumstantial needs.
Each school and college has a link Educational Psychologist and a link Specialist teacher or Specialist Assistant and work is prioritised through a planning meeting at the school. Most schools and colleges are in contact with their link 5-19 team member by phone or email.
Where parents have concerns about the development of their child they need to contact their child’s school and discuss ways forward with the school and if appropriate the school will write an Individual Education Plan for the child, review it and set new learning targets and again review the learning of the child. Following these cycles of Assess- Plan- Do- Review, if the child does not make progress, the school may contact the 5-19 service as part of a graduated approach to special educational needs as prescribed by the Code of Practice.