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Sensory Education and Support Team (SEST) – Hearing Impairment

The Sensory Education and Support Team (SEST) offers support and specialist teaching to children with a hearing impairment and their families and schools and aims to ensure that children and young people with a hearing impairment are able to access their educational environment and make progress in order to raise aspirations and maximise their development.

To progress with this service you need to complete the Sensory Education and Support Team Referral Form. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Russell Postlethwaite
Contact Position
Principal Educational Psychologist
Telephone
01522 554211
E-mail
SEST@lincolnshire.gov.uk
Website
Disability and Sensory Impairment

Where to go

Address
The Vicarage
Newland
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
District
Lincoln
Postcode
LN1 1YL

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
FREE

Availability

Referral required
Professional Referral
Referral Details

An initial assessment to provide a diagnosis must be made by a health professional before a referral takes place.

Facilities Notes
This venue is not for public access and is only the office where the service is based.

Inclusion Information

Languages Spoken

Languages
Makaton
Local Offer

Local Offer

Description

The Sensory Education and Support Team (SEST) offers support and specialist teaching to children with a hearing impairment and aims to ensure they are able to gain access to their educational environment and progress in their social and educational development. 

The Sensory Education and Support Team (SEST) has extensive experience of working in homes, Early Years Settings and schools and can offer bespoke assistance to children from birth to school leaving age, ensuring consistent involvement throughout a child’s education. Highly skilled qualified teachers in the Sensory Education and Support Team provide support to a significant number of children with a hearing  impairment in Lincolnshire.

The following services are available to Lincolnshire County Council Maintained Schools, Academies, Free Schools and Early Years Settings on a needs led basis:

Support for Children and Young People

  • Direct Teaching
  • Communication support including British Sign Language  and Auditory/Oral teaching delivered by trained specialist teachers
  • Specialist Early Years and School Years Teaching Assistants

Support for Teachers, Other Professionals and Parents/Carers

  • Specialist assessment and analysis of sensory support needs
  • Advice, guidance and help to parents/carers in delivering support strategies
  • Training for teachers and support staff working directly with pupils with sensory support needs on using specialist equipment, developing appropriate teaching resources, and supporting and monitoring progress
  • Advice on suitable cost effective equipment that will meet individual needs and aid access to learning. This includes loan of equipment.
  • Ongoing monitoring and maintenance of specialist equipment
  • Advice on access arrangements and special considerations for external examinations
  • Bespoke and general advice and training for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCO’s), Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT’S), Governors and other staff (individual or small groups)

Sensory Education and Support Team (SEST) provides advice on suitable cost effective equipment that will meet individual needs and aid access to learning. This includes loan of equipment such as radio aids

Teachers hold additional mandatory qualifications in hearing impairment. All Qualified Teachers for Hearing Impaired Children have at least Level 1 BSL.  Some of the Teachers for Hearing Impaired Children have higher level BSL qualifications e.g. to Level 3.  Specialist Teaching Assistants have qualifications in BSL.

Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Specialist

This service is listed for your information. Its inclusion on the Family Services Directory does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by Lincolnshire County Council. For more information, go to Terms & Conditions

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