Special educational needs (SEN) advisory service

The SEN advisory teams provide support and advice about children and young people aged 0 - 25yrs for early years settings, schools and families.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In line with DfE guidance,  the advisory and teaching teams are offering support and advice to early years settings, schools and families remotely, where appropriate and when outcomes can be achieved using this format.

All training, professional forums and networks will be offered via a virtual platform and this will be outlined in the SEND Training Collaborative brochure and via e-digests sent to schools/settings.

Portage home visitors and the personalised pathways team will contact and support families using the most convenient online resource available and resources may be sent home.

There are five advisory teams. 

Early years SEN advisory team (0-5 years)

This team provides an early intervention and advice service for childrenin Bromley with a wide range of special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) and their families, who  attend an early years setting in Bromley.  Find out more through our parent information leaflet.


Portage is our home visiting educational service for pre-school children who have additional support needs and their families. Download the Bromley portage service leaflet

Early years SEN Inclusion funding (SENIF) may be available to support the inclusion of children with SEND to access an early years setting. 
for further information, download the SENIF information leaflet.

Disability Access Funding can be drawn down by Early years settings (including childminders) for any child attending aged 3-4 years, in receipt of Disability Living Allowance. Download the Disability Access Fund (DAF) leaflet and Disability Living Fund leaflet.

Early years targeted and specialist referrals  - early years education support services for young children with special educational needs and/or disability 

Schools (4-25 years)

Inclusion support advisory team

The inclusion support advisory team provides a pre-statutory professionals' service, free of charge, to Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) and inclusion leaders in mainstream primary and secondary schools to support the inclusion of Bromley children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Complex needs team

The complex needs team provide specialist teacher advice and support for children and young people (CYP) 4-25 years of age with an education, health and care plan (EHCP)  in mainstream schools and the specialist sector.

Sensory support (0-19 years)

Hearing impairment

The hearing team consists of three teams, peripatetic hearing, primary deaf base at Griffins and the deaf centre at Darrick Wood School, providing continuing support for children and young people with a diagnosed hearing loss (0-19years).

Vision impairment 

The vision team provides specialist teaching and support for children and young people with a vision impairment from birth to 19 years.