You will find lots of helpful COVID-19 advice on this page.
- SEN and Inclusion Services Brochure - A Guide to our Services 2021/22
Actions for schools during the Coronavirus outbreak
COVID-19 Government Updates
Peterborough SENCO COVID Forums
Educational Psychology Service (EPS) Resources
Autism / ADHD Advisory Teaching Service Resources
Resources for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs)/professionals
Peterborough SEND Hubs
Top tips for SENCOs, teaching staff and wider stakeholders - remote learning during COVID
Welcome to the SEN and Inclusion (SENI) Services
The SEN and Inclusion Services consists of:
• Specialist Teaching Services (including the Autism / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Advisory Teaching Service (AATS), and the Sensory and Physical Support Service (for Hearing and/or Vision impairment and Physical Disabilities),
• the Educational Psychology Service (EPS),
• the Early Years SEND Specialist and Portage Service,
• the SEND Partnership Service Information, Advice and Support (SENDPS),
• the Local Area SENI Support Service
• the Statutory Assessment and Monitoring Service (SAMS).
Each of our services has a specific remit to help our children and young people to achieve their potential and overcome barriers their additional needs may present to them and their educational settings.
Our contact details can be found in the Special Educational Needs Inclusion (SENI) Services guide 2021/22
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
All government updates can be found at -
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the use of face coverings in education settings - evidence summary - January 2022
Guidance for Schools during Coronavirus - Decemmber 2021 -
Other useful links
The Peterborough SENCO COVID Forums are multi-agency forums which were formed in response to feedback from Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was to ensure settings received topical, timely and consistent communication from a range of stakeholders, including the opportunity to share best practice across Peterborough (and beyond with colleagues attending from further afield) which SENCO's have reported have had a positive impact on children, young people and families during these unprecedented times.
The Peterborough SENCO Forums run in parallel to the 'Peterborough SENCO Network' - which is our co-produced SENCO Network.
Information for professionals
A team of psychologists from across Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have published three webinars to support staff following COVID-19.
The first module outlines how we understand the experiences and emotional response associated with pandemics, and ways to ease the transition that might be helpful for all.
The second module introduces Seligman’s PERMA model, a useful model for well-being and resilience which can be applied to everyday life.
The third module focuses on the needs of children and young people that have experienced loss and bereavement over the pandemic.
Without time for reflection and discussion (which is recommended), the webinars run for 15 – 20 minutes each.
The modules can be found at….
You can also view documents to support the webinars:
Other resources for professionals can be found below:
- Peterborough Educational Psychology Service Post Covid-19 Resource Pack for Professionals Working with Children and Young People.
- Looking after ourselves, staff wellbeing
EPS Critical Incident Response
This document provides details of the support the Educational Psychology Service can offer in the event of critical incidents. View the document Peterborough Educational Psychology Service Response to Critical Incidents in Schools
Information for parents and young people
We are able to offer parent/carer consultations on a weekly basis. These must be booked in advance by calling 01733 864720
Half Termly NewslettersNewsletters
Our half termly newsletter, known as 'Cosy Up', is disseminated to preschools, schools and colleges within Peterborough before the end of each half term. The newsletter contains up to date news, information and advice on all aspects of local issues relating to Autism. It is available through your child/young person's education setting and past issues are available from the Autism Specialist Hub websites:
The SEND Specialist and Portage Service top websites.
The SEND Specialist and Portage Service top websites. The information in this document has been collated by the SEND Specialist and Portage Service to provide links to resources, information and websites to support parents and carers of pre-school children at this difficult time. The links work at the time of publishing. These packs will be checked and updated if necessary as the situation evolves.
National Autistic Society (NAS) EarlyBird programme
This is an opportunity to meet other parents and share experiences on our 7-week programme. The programme is designed for families who have a child under 5yrs with a diagnosis of ASD. The trainers can support and help parents/carers understand Autistic Spectrum Disorder, in order to help support their child Topics include sessions on:
- supporting interaction
- understanding sensory differences
- developing play
- interpreting behaviour
Contact your local licensed EarlyBird group leader, trained by the National Autistic Society for more information:-
Name: Sarah Bernard, Service Manager, Early Years SEND Specialist and Portage Service.
Network of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities hubs
Peterborough has established a network of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities hubs, known as SEND hubs. Each hub is commissioned by Peterborough City Council and is hosted by a Peterborough education setting.
Each hub has a specific SEND focus area. For more information please visit the Education web page and navigate the to the SEND Hubs tab.
Top tips for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs)/ Teachers and wider stakeholders to enable remote learning for children/young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during COVID
This document has been created by the Peterborough Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Services (SENI) with co production from Family Voice Peterborough, some Peterborough SEND Hubs, SENCOs and various specialist professionals.
Impact of Face Mask Use for Deaf LearnersUpdated January 2022
The government is recommending face coverings are worn in classrooms where pupils in year 7 and above are educated.
Everybody’s health and safety is of paramount importance, but we also need to consider the impact of the use of face masks on deaf learners both on their well-being and access to learning.
Education settings are legally required to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that no child or young person is disadvantaged.
Please consider the potential impacts and suggested adjustments below and, if necessary, discuss with a Teacher of the Deaf. It is important to stress that the use of facemasks is only a recommendation. Staff providing support to others needing visual signals for communication are currently exempt.
The advice also states, 'We would not ordinarily expect teachers to wear a face covering in the classroom if they are at the front of the class, to support education delivery, although settings should be sensitive to the needs of individual teachers.' More information can be found on the updated Government Guidance
Pupil questionnaire Assessing how difficult it is to listen with Covid-19 related adjustments in place
This LIFE questionnaire will help you work with your students