Additional and Complex Needs (ACNS)

Additional Needs and Complex ServicesACNS provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to supporting educational settings in working with children and young people.

It is made up of a number of different but complimentary professionals who work with children, staff and parents /carers to improve outcomes for children and young people.

The following teams make up ACNS:

  • Counselling Service
  • Educational and Child Psychology
  • Hearing Impairment Service
  • Visual/Physical Impairment
  • Quality and Effectiveness Support Team (QEST)


Summary of Service

The core service is the provision of services funded through the local council via local authority funding and Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). These services are:

  • Support from HI, VI and PI Teams
  • Work related to the Council’s statutory duties e.g. Statutory Assessment
  • Work commissioned by the Council in relation to children who have a statement of SEN
  • Critical Incidence support
  • Access to an initial consultation with a qualified counsellor to clarify needs and appropriate response

Additional services are available to purchase:

  • Non-statutory work from the Educational Child Psychology Service
  • Non-statutory work from the Quality and Effectiveness Support Team
  • Counselling Service


What we can do

1. Direct work/ caseworkACNS-image

We can provide advice and support for staff, parents/carers and children and young people themselves where there are concerns about learning, behaviour or emotional health and well being.

We work with children, young people, the staff who work with them and their parents/carers offering consultation, assessment, advice and intervention across the age range 0 to 19:

  • Where learning is delayed
  • If there are concerns about language and communication skills
  • Where there are concerns about behaviour or social skills
  • If there are concerns about transition from one setting to another
  • If there are concerns about progress with learning including literacy and numeracy
  • For students with identified difficulties (for example ADHD, Dyspraxia or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, sensory and physical impairment)
  • If there are concerns about emotional health and wellbeing
  • Where behaviour is a concern which may be placing the student at risk of exclusion

2. Systemic work
We will help you strategically review and amend systems, policies and procedures at the whole school / academy level, enabling you to meet the challenges of inclusion and planning and delivery of provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND). We can support you in preparing for Ofsted in relation to SEND.

3. Training
We offer training on teaching, learning and child and adolescent development. See our training brochure for more details of the current training offer up to 2013. We also offer bespoke training, coaching and mentoring for all  staff. Please feel free to contact us to discuss.

4. Research
The use of evidence based practice is a key element in developing effective practice. We can support you in planning, implementing and evaluating initiatives and projects.


Benefits to schools/academies

ACNS staff have a excellent working knowledge of Oldham and are fully committed to supporting families and schools/academies/early years settings across Oldham. The service is made up of educational psychologists, counsellors, specialist teachers, early years specialists and specialist TAs who offer a wide range of skills, qualifications, knowledge and experience across the spectrum of SEND, including:

  • Sensory and physical impairment
  • Cognitive and learning difficulties
  • Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Communication and interaction difficulties.
  • Teaching and learning
  • Other vulnerable groups
  • Counselling and therapies
  • Organisational and/or systemic issues




Educational and Child Psychology Packages

No. of days 1-2 3-5 6-8 9-11 12+
Cost £475 – £950 £1,397 – £2,330 £2,736 – £3,648 £4,019 – £4,917 £5,244+


Quality and Effectiveness Support Team Packages

No. of days 1-2 3-5 6-8 9-11 12+
Cost £408 – £816 £1,198 – £2,000 £2,346 – £3,128 £3,442 – £4,213 £4,488+



To discuss your requirements  and what we can offer:

Telephone 0161 770 3110


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