About Specialist Teaching Service
The Specialist Teaching Service (STS) is made up of experienced advisory teachers, advisors, specialist support workers and early years practitioners.
Advisory Teachers, Advisors and Specialist HLTAs provide support and advice for children and young people with sensory impairment, physical impairment and social communication and autism spectrum disorders. Early Intervention Practitioners provide advice and support for pre-school children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, their parents, early years setting staff (private, voluntary and independent settings) and transition into early years settings.
What support does an Advisory Teacher/Specialist HLTA/Advisor provide?
- Provision of accessible information, training, advice, support and guidance to parents, families, carers, schools and settings staff and agencies which provide services to CYP on caseload.
- Provision and loans of specialist equipment.
- Initial and ongoing assessments.
- Planning for transitions.
- Raising staff awareness and confidence.
- Promoting inclusion through the advocacy of ‘reasonable adjustments’.
I need advice about a child with a Sensory Impairment
Our Advisory Teachers for Visual Impairment and Hearing Impairment may be able to help. If you are concerned about a child with a visual impairment (not corrected by glasses) or a child with a diagnosis of a hearing impairment that necessitates amplification then you can contact the service for support. This team of teachers is part of the STS.
I need advice about a child with Social Communication Difficulties or Autism
Support can be provided for children and young people with social communication and sensory needs whether they have a diagnosis of Autism or not.
Support is provided from a specialist teacher or support worker. This team of teachers and specialist support workers is part of the STS.
School requests will be considered and prioritised by the team.
For more information on the support we can provide for a child or young person with social communication or autism please see the Autism Spectrum Disorder Team Leaflet. For information about how to access support from the Social Communication and Autism Team see the following documents:
I need advice about a child with a Physical Impairment
Children and young people with a physical disability that significantly impairs their ability to access the curriculum may be entitled to support from an advisory teacher or specialist worker. This support is provided through the STS
For more information on the support we can provide for a child or young person with a physical impairment see the Physical Impairment Team leaflet.
I need advice about a child in the Early Years
Schools have limited involvement with the EIT until transition into first school placement. With parental permission the EIT staff member or a staff member from the child’s early years setting will contact the school to discuss transition. Children supported by the EIT will have a moderate to severe difficulty in more than one area of development.
Early Years Practitioners can support registered private, voluntary and independent early years settings and parents of pre-school children in the home. The service is a registered Portage Service and 5 star accredited.
For more information on the support we can provide in the early years see the Early Intervention Team Leaflet.