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Portage is a scheme for teaching pre-school children with special educational needs, new and useful skills in their own homes. The basis of Portage is weekly home visiting, with the Portage worker and the parents/carers working together. The name Portage comes from a town in Wisconsin, USA, where the home teaching scheme was initially developed and evaluated. In England, there are more than 200 Portage Services each supported by a regional branch of the National Portage Association.

In Lincolnshire there are eight Portage Teams funded by Lincolnshire County Council through the Education and Cultural Services Directorate.  Financial resources are placed in eight special schools countywide to promote, develop and maintain the work of the Portage Teams across Lincolnshire.

Who is it for?

Portage is a home visiting educational service for pre-school children with special educational needs. These may be pre-school children who have learning difficulties, delays in their development and/or physical difficulties. The Portage Teams aim to help families by working with them in their home, helping them to meet the needs of their child.

Referral to Portage

Children can be referred from birth by parents/carers or any agency involved with the child such as health visitors, general practitioners, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, educational psychologists, physiotherapists, paediatricians etc.

How does it work?

The Portage Home Visitor works with parents in their home because young children initially learn best in the security of their own home with the people who know them. The Portage Home Visitor visits the family at home weekly or fortnightly and plans activities with the parents/carers. Every activity is written down, as is every success.  Each child’s progress is reviewed at least every three months and the need for ongoing Portage is discussed.

Who else is involved?

The Portage Home Visitor meets regularly with other professionals working with pre-school children to share ideas and review progress.  These people may include:

General discussions take place but direct referrals to these services only occur with parental permission.


  • Bourne & District Portage Service

    Headteacher: Adam Booker

    The Willoughby School

    South Road


    PE10 9JE

    Tel: 01778 425203

    Fax: 01778 425284

  • West Lindsey & District Portage Service

    Headteacher: Mrs Cumberlidge

    Warren Wood Community School

    Middlefield Lane


    DN21 1PU

    Tel: 01427 615498

  • Spalding & District Portage Service

    Headteacher: Sue Hutchinson

    The Garth School

    Pinchbeck Road


    PE11 1QF

    Tel: 01775 725566

    Fax: 07935417289

  • Grantham & District Portage Service

    Head of Portage: Jane Rose

    Ambergate Sports College

    Dysart Road


    NG31 7LP

    Tel: 01476 564957

  • Boston & District Portage Service

    Headteacher: Mrs S Morrison

    The John Fielding School

    Ashlawn Drive


    PE21 9PX

    Tel: 01205 363395

    Fax: 01205 357696

  • Spilsby & District Portage Service

    Headteacher: Michelle Holiday

    The Eresby School

    Eresby Avenue


    PE23 5HU

    Tel: 01790 752441

  • Louth & District Portage Service

    Headteacher: Mrs L Mason

    St Bernard's School

    Wood Lane


    LN11 8RS

    Tel: 01507 603776

    Mob: 07900604923

  • Lincoln & District Portage Service

    'Growing Futures'

    Queens Park Community Hub

    Queens Park


    LN5 8EW

    Tel: 01522 878112

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16 April 2018 for Primary or Junior offers


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Last updated: 2 December 2015

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