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Special Educational Needs Improvement Team


Gateshead Council's Special Educational Needs Improvement Team (SENIT) consists of two teams; the Low Incidence Needs Team (LINT) and the High Incidence Needs Team (HINT).

Referrals to HINT are usually made by schools/settings, with parent permission. Referrals to LINT are usually made by Health professionals, but can also be made by school/settings and parents/carers. You can find referral forms by visiting the Information for Practitioners webpage.

Low Incidence Needs Team (LINT)

The Low Incidence Needs Team (LINT) includes the Hearing Impairment Team and the Visual Impairment Team both of which provide support to pre-school and school-age children in Gateshead. Specialist teachers and support staff hold the necessary mandatory qualifications in the areas of Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment. These teams provide services which may include home teaching for pre-school children and teaching support for school-age children, information and advice on a child's hearing/visual impairment and its implications, support with hearing/vision assessments and technologies, assistance with access to specialist equipment, sign language and Braille teaching if appropriate and supporting participation in leisure and social activities outside of school.

Hearing Impairment Team

This team works with children and young people with a hearing impairment (HI) aged 0-25 years. The team consists of specialist teachers and support assistants, specialist speech and language therapist (SALT) and a specialist HI learning mentor.

Visual Impairment Team

The Visual Impairment Team works with children and young people aged 0-25 years with a visual impairment (VI). The team consists of specialist teachers and support assistants, a Habilitation Officer and a specialist learning mentor.

You can find information about our referral processes and eligibility criteria below:

Hearing Impairment Team - Referral Process (76K)

Visual Impairment Team - Referral Process (84K)

Gateshead LINT Eligibility Criteria (211K)

LINT Criteria for initiating assessment for EHCP (39K)

External links

National Deaf Children's Society

The Buzz - NDCS website for young people

NDCS - The SEND Reforms explained

Useful Vision

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Guide Dogs

Blind Children UK

High Incidence Needs Team (HINT)

High Incidence Needs Team (HINT) consists of teachers who are specialists in the areas of:

  • Communication and Interaction
    • Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
    • Complex Social Communication (CSC)
    • Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
  • Physical and Medical Needs
  • Cognition and Learning
    • General learning difficulties
    • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

The team provide assessment, advice, recommendations and support to schools and settings providing for children and young people aged 4-25 years with High Incidence Needs.

The team has a useful Resource Pack for teaching staff working with children nd young people with SEND. This outlines strategies to use with children with a range of different needs including speech and language, listening and memory, autism and working memory.

External links


Gateshead Low Incidence Needs Team: 0191 433 8747


SENIT Business Support Team, Gateshead Council, Dryden Centre, Evistones Road, Gateshead, NE9 5UR

Gateshead High Incidence Needs Team: 0191 433 8530

SENIT Business Support Team, Gateshead Council, Dryden Centre, Evistones Road, Gateshead, NE9 5UR