Special Educational Needs Assistive Technology Advisory Service (SENATAS)

Service Information:

Special Educational Needs Assistive Technology Advisory Service (SENATAS) is part of the Physical Impairment and Medical Support Team (PIMST) but works with a variety of children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

SENATAS is a service of an IT Advisor and a Support Assistant Advisor. The IT Advisor has over 20 years experience of working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and for the last 13 years focusing on technology as it continues to develop and how it can support access to the curriculum and the use of alternative methods of recording.

We visit children and young people (0-25) in Preschool settings, schools and colleges.

We provide information to children and young people, parents, cares and staff about the use of technology and alternative methods of recording.

General school advice for up to date information about the very latest software/applications that could support all levels and abilities of their learners.

Advice around using the latest technology in the classroom for pupils with SEN who may have a differentiated curriculum.

Advice to families for using technology in their home for homework and revision.

Direct teaching sessions with pupil and setting staff for access to the curriculum using technology.

Statutory Support for Somerset School/settings with:

IT Assessment, report writing with recommendations and ongoing support as part of the Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Involvement in Annual review process for children with EHCP referred to the service.

Where directly identified in an EHCP monitor progress through arranged visits.

Work closely with other professionals involved with the child young person from the Integrated Therapy Service and other Support Services to provide joined up working.

Support through transition to ensure continuity so the child young person can achieve academically.

Chargeable Support for Non Somerset Schools/settings:

IT Assessment, report writing with recommendations to ensure the needs of children and young people with recording and assistive technology requirements who may or may not have an EHCP.

Additional monitoring visits to review progress following an IT Assessment to offer strategies for use of the technology and software/applications.

Customised staff training in all Somerset Schools and Non Somerset Schools/settings for specialist software/applications which can be purchased through the website.

Service Criteria to include in the EHA:

Criteria to access this service, should be referred to and can be found below and/or on the Support Services for Education website.

Please ensure you have completed the EHA in full, no additional information is required to make a request for support.

Section 9:

Use the drop-down menu to select “Special Educational Needs Assistive Technology Advisory Service (SENATAS)”.

Contact Details:

Email address: InclusionSENSupportServices@somerset.gov.uk
Contact number: 01823 357000