Help with sight and hearing issues

How we can help

If your child has a medical diagnosis for a sight or hearing issue, we are here to help. 

Our Sensory Education Support Team (SEST) offers advice and specialist teaching to children and young people with:

  • visual impairments
  • hearing impairments
  • multi-sensory impairments (both visual and hearing)

We support and work with families, nurseries and schools. We aim to ensure that children and young people with sensory impairments:

  • have full access to their learning environment
  • make progress
  • achieve their full potential

To refer a child, you must be a teacher or other professional


Who we are

The team includes: 

  • specialist teachers 
  • specialist teaching assistants 
  • specialist habilitation post 
  • resource and technical officer 

All teachers and teaching assistants have worked and taught in a range of schools and settings.  

What we do

The team offers services which include: 

  • advice to support your child’s learning in the classroom 
  • support for when you are home with your child 
  • training for nursery and school staff 
  • advice and provision of specialist equipment 

The team may arrange to visit you at home if your child is not in nursery or school yet. 

If your child is at school, the team will arrange to visit them there. The team will discuss the level of support your child will receive with both you and the school staff.

The team can attend any clinic appointments and multi-agency meetings for your child. 

The frequency of visits depends on several factors. It may change as your child gets older or their needs change.