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Bedford SEND Independent Advice & Support Service SENDIASS (formerly SEND Advice) - Coronavirus update

The Bedford SENDIASS (formerly Bedford SEND Advice) provide a free, impartial and confidential service to parents and carers of children who have special educational needs and or a disability (SEND). We also offer support to young people with SEN or a disability to help them access the best possible education. Bedford SENDIAS Service aims to encourage partnership between parents, carers and young people with those responsible for their education and training.

How to contact us

Telephone 01234 276267 lines are open Term Time Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, we offer 30 minutes bookable appointments between 10am and 2pm daily, you can book a slot by telephoning or sending an email to

What do we do?

We provide confidential support concerning educational issues for residents of Bedford Borough. We are impartial from school, local authority, health, social care and other organisations to provide advice and support. We are a small service of two staff, but we aim to respond to enquiries within two working days, although at our busiest times it may take longer.

We can

  • Provide telephone, email  advice about educational issues such as examples of good practice, the 2014 SEND Code of Practice and how it relates to your education or your child’s education
  • Advice and support regarding support in nurseries, schools and colleges to meet your child’s needs
  • Advice regarding school admissions and exclusions regarding children/young people with SEND
  • Support to request assessment for an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) for children and young people, whose needs are above those expected to be met from your child or young person’s school, college or setting 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jo Maule
Contact Position
Bedford SENDIASS Manager

Where to go

Borough Hall
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
9am to 5pm
Time of day

Other Details


Referral Details

No, we do not accept referrals from professionals. We ask that the young person or parent/carer contacts us directly.

Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old