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Blackpool SEND Inclusion Team

Blackpool Council established a Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) Inclusion Team in 2017. The purpose of the team is to support schools in promoting inclusive practice, to improve the local offer and service provision available for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability and to help to reduce the number of exclusions in Blackpool.

The team has been formed from the amalgamation of the Communication, Learning  & Autism Service and the Physical & Sensory Service with the addition of two new Advisory Teacher roles in Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Cognition and Learning.

This new team will cover all four areas of need identified in the Code of Practice 2014.

First and foremost the Local Authority want to ensure every child with SEND in Blackpool has their needs met, that they are happy and are making progress, both in and out of school. We want to achieve this by working together with schools supporting both individual pupils and, when appropriate, reviewing and advising on whole school approaches and developments. We want to support schools to further develop their in-school expertise through training, coaching and mentoring staff, in addition to supporting the young people and their families.

The team covers the following

  • Communication and interaction (CI)
    • Speech Language and Communication (SLCN)
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH)
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs
    • Visual Difficulties
    • Hearing Difficulties
    • Physical Difficulties
    • Medical Difficulties

Who to contact

Contact Name
Angela Crawforth
Contact Position
Team Coordinator

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Yes: The referring agency sends the referral form and accompanying documentation. This usually comes directly from the school or from Audiology

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (3-4 years)
Birth (0-2)
Secondary (11-15 years)
Primary (5-10 years)
Adulthood (16-25)
 Last updated: 25 Nov 2020