The County Inclusion Support Service (CISS) is a Suffolk County Council outreach service for Suffolk mainstream schools seeking additional support for pupils from YR-Y11 with:
- Communication and interaction needs
- Social, emotional and mental health needs
around the pupil's
- School attendance
- Engagement in school and learning
CISS works with Suffolk mainstream schools to build understanding and the capacity to manage their own effective inclusion for pupils with communication and interaction needs and/or social, emotional and mental health needs.
CISS Teachers and Inclusion Assistants, who all have significant experience in classroom practice, draw on a wide variety of skills and strategies to work flexibly and in close partnership with school staff. CISS staff take an individualised approach to pupils’ needs, modelling strategies to school staff, offering advice and guidance to ensure the best outcomes for them and working directly with the pupil, where appropriate. For pupils who have Autism/clear social communication needs, then it may be appropriate for a CISS Family Support Practitioner to support within the home environment. Currently, there is no FSP provision available for the North of the county.
CISS has a core offer (services where there is no additional charge to schools, see below 'Local Offer') and a traded offer (services purchased by schools – more information can be found on the right hand side).