Solihull Specialist Inclusion Support Service (SISS)
Solihull’s Specialist Inclusion Support Service (SISS) is a Local Authority Service which supports children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities. The service is divided into five teams, each of which specialises in a particular area of SEND. Specialist advisory teachers and assistants, known as inclusion support practitioners, who are experienced and additionally qualified in their particular area, work with the children and young people in their school or nursery setting and sometimes with their families too. In addition, their role often involves training school staff and liaising with other agencies to ensure the best outcomes for that child or young person.
The sensory and physical impairment team, the autism team and the speech, language and communication disorders team are all services provided by the local authority, at no cost to schools. The communication and learning difficulties team, and the Social, emotional and Mental Health team work slightly differently as they are both traded, which means schools can choose to use their SEND funding to buy their services. As each of the five teams is based at Elmwood Place, any collaborative work necessary to ensure the needs of a child or young person are met is easily achieved.