Help with sight and hearing issues

How we can help

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

Refer a pupil to SEST

SEST are the Sensory Education Support Team, part of Children's Services within Lincolnshire County Council.

We offer support, advice and specialist teaching to children and young people with a visual impairment, hearing impairment or multi-sensory impairment (children with needs relating to both their hearing and vision). We support and work closely with families, nurseries and schools.

We aim to ensure that children and young people with sensory impairment are able to have full access to their learning environment, for them to make progress and for them to achieve their full potential.

Who we are

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

All our teachers and teaching assistants have worked and taught in a range of schools and settings. They have or are in the process of gaining the additional mandatory qualification for teaching and working with children and young people with a hearing, vision or multi-sensory impairment.
All our teaching assistants have attended a wide range of courses relating to supporting and working with children and young people with a sensory impairment and are highly skilled and experienced.     

What we do

  • advice around strategies that will support your child's learning in the classroom 
  • support and advice for you when you are with your child at home
  • training for nursery and school staff
  • advice around and provision of specialist equipment.     

The team may visit you and your child at home if they are not yet in a nursery or school. If your child is at school then SEST would visit them there and talk with school staff and yourselves after a visit is completed.

We can attend clinic appointments and multi-agencies meetings that may take place for your child.

The frequency of our visits would depend on a number of factors including the level of hearing or vision that your child has. The number of visits may change as your child gets older or as their needs change. We can discuss the level of support your child will receive and explain the reasons why. 

We can help with a variety of aspects of school or nursery life. We would be happy to talk with you and your child's setting about delivering a session to your child's friends.