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Advisory Teaching Service - Support for pupils with Social and Emotional Needs

Early Intervention

The Advisory Teaching Service (ATS) work closely with schools and Early Years settings to identify pupils who are likely to experience difficulties due to their social and emotional needs . Our aim is to promote inclusion in mainstream education. Support from The Advisory Teaching Service is free of charge in relation to individual pupil need, following an appropriate referral. This ensures that appropriate strategies are implemented at the earliest possible stage. Advice from Health Professionals and other agencies are sought as appropriate.

Support and Training

The ATS has a specialist team of teachers and pre-school workers to support children and families. This team provides a consultancy service to schools and Early Year settings. The Advisory Teaching Service and Educational Psychology service provide training to school staff and other professionals in relation to primary and secondary school children who exhibit challenging behaviour in school. Staff training relation to individual need is often free of charge, but school may also request whole staff awareness on particular topics (there may be a charge for this, please see our website for further information.

Transition Support

Transition is a difficult time for students and can cause anxiety to parents.

Transition from primary to secondary school is supported with annual conferences for parents and schools. Our aim is to create a pupil specific profile of needs which will move on with the child or young person to their next stage of education, in an appropriate setting for their needs. The aim of this process is to raise awareness of strengths and needs and to allow the new setting to make any necessary preparation for the student.

Parent Support

Parents are encouraged to discuss their concerns regarding access to school life with the Advisory Teaching Service, particularly at points of transition and changes in Key Stage.

Continuum of Provision

The Advisory Teaching Service aim to facilitate smooth transitions throughout a pupil’s school career. Support for school staff is provided, to raise awareness of individual needs.

Special Schools may also able to provide outreach support to schools.

 Due to the Covid-19 outbreak the Advisory Teaching Service locality offices are temporarily unmanned, but we will continue to support schools and settings throughout this difficult time.
All Advisory Teachers are working remotely from home, and are contactable by e-mail.
Our telephones are currently being diverted to our Gloucester Office (01452 426955 or 01452 427579), so please do contact us for support as required.

Return to school and key stage transition arrangements:Whilst there is still uncertainty with regard to when schools will fully re-open, please be aware that the Advisory Teaching Service is currently working on strategies advice and resources, as part of the wider EISSS service,  to support this process.  This includes transition work for both children and young people who are already identified and are on our caseloads and their parents/carers and settings but also additional advice for settings with regard to how they might approach the return to school which we know will, for some children, be extremely challenging.  SENCos/parents/carers will be contacted direct where appropriate, but please call the ATS Advice Line for further information/support.  See below.

Advice helplines have been organised, and useful resources for settings and parents uploaded, please see individual Team pages
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Who to contact

01452 324376 (Cheltenham ATS)
01594 823102 (Forest ATS)
01452 426955 (Gloucester ATS)
01452 583728 (Stroud ATS)

Local Offer

SEN Provision Type

Practitioner Information

This information is intended solely for the use of practitioners within the children and young people's workforce in Gloucestershire. Please do not share information within this section with others.
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