Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (CLASS) works with partners to support pupils to access full-time education and succeed in learning. Our staff hold specialist qualifications in speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). These include autism and specific learning difficulties.

There are three strands to our work:

  • CLASS offers support, advice and training to mainstream schools and academies
  • CLASS+ supports parent and carers of children with autism
  • Spectrum supports children and young people with autism

CLASS+ and Spectrum are both part of CLASS extended services.

What CLASS offer

CLASS Link Advisers

CLASS offer a Link Adviser for every primary and secondary school in East Sussex. They have an overview of the school’s communication, learning and autism needs.

The role of the adviser is to:

  • support early identification and intervention
  • help SENCOs to build capacity in the school, identifying training needs and areas for development
  • support a whole school understanding of SLCN, autism and specific learning difficulties
  • signpost to training and best practice 

Core activity

  • High quality training for school and academy staff.
  • Advice on universal and targeted support.
  • Working with school staff to develop their practice.
  • Work with pupils requiring an enhance level of support by referral.


CLASS is an approved Autism Education Trust (AET) training hub for East Sussex. We offer a range of autism-specific training packages. Full details are in our training brochure:

CLASS training brochure [283.9 KB] [docx]

How to refer to CLASS

CLASS support SENCOs to work with pupils who are at a universal or targeted level.

Contact your Link Adviser directly to access this support.

If your Link Adviser feels a pupil needs an enhanced level of support, they will advise you to make a Front Door referral.

How to contact CLASS

For further information or queries:

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