Specialist Teaching Support

What is specialist teaching support?

Norwood’s specialist teaching support works with families, schools and education professionals to assist children and young people who may be having difficulties with school life and work.

In doing this, we support people with a range of social, emotional, mental health and special educational needs or disabilities to get the most out of their education and be able to lead fulfilling lives.

How does it work?

Our service provides specialist teaching support in school and in our family centres to enable children to stay or return to school.

In this, the team works closely with the school and offers support to ensure that there is seamless and sustainable transition. The service also supports schools to enhance their Special Educational Needs provision and whole-school inclusion.

We also support young people through alternative routes into further education, adulthood, the world of work and independent living. In our post-16 programmes we incorporate the “thinking skills” and “thinking maps” approaches to complement the modular nature of the qualifications, and empower learners to be actively involved in the leaning process.

What are the benefits?

Norwood’s expert teaching support for children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities aims to assist them with improving their participation in the classroom, leading to improvements in their key educational skills, such as literacy and numeracy.

We also support effective action by the school towards creating a positive learning environment and whole-school inclusion.

Thank you so much for giving my daughter such a nurturing and caring environment where she felt really appreciated and loved.

Parent of child receiving specialist teaching support.

What does Norwood offer?

  • Individual and classroom assessments and early identification of need.
  • Individual and group support to access the curriculum and support with literacy, numeracy and Jewish Studies.
  • Individual and group specialist support around specific needs, including complex needs and learning, behavioural and language difficulties.
  • Functional Skills and GCSE tuition for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Advice and support regarding teaching strategies and planning, inclusive and differentiated teaching, and design of personalised curriculums (for individuals and groups).
  • Support to children and young people at our family centres on the school curriculum for primary and secondary education.
  • Post-16 provision to prepare young people for life, work and independence.
  • Programmes that currently include work experience, social skills, functional skills and accredited BTEC qualifications from entry level to level 3.
  • Apprenticeship programmes that provide sheltered employment for young people and support them in attaining a further qualification (an NVQ where possible). The aim is to help make full employment a viable option.
  • Support with statements and EHCPs.
  • INSET training for teaching staff.

Why Norwood?

Our specialist teachers work in collaboration with other professionals in our service, such as Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, , as well as social workers and counsellors, allowing for multi-professional working and support.

The service is provided in schools, at Norwood’s family centres and in other appropriate locations in the community.

Norwood offers a highly professional service with the feeling of ‘family’

Richard Walker, former Director of The Pears Special Resource Provision at JCoSS.

Find out more

Norwood’s Specialist Teaching Support service can be commissioned on ad hoc basis or as part of a flexible integrated package of support that would be tailored to your school’s needs and could include any of our other professional services.

For further information, please contact us on 020 8809 8809 or complete the form and we will reply to your enquiry.

Hasmonean is proud of its association with Norwood. By running the Work Skills courses they have provided an essential service for students that would usually have left the education system. With their help, our students have had a productive time in the Sixth Form and have gained the skills that will help them in their future endeavours.

Deputy Head at Hasmonean High School