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Advisory Teaching Service - Support for pupils with Learning Difficulties and complex needs in mainstream settings

Early Intervention

The Advisory Teaching Service (ATS) work closely with schools and Early Years settings to identify pupils who are likely to experience learning difficulties, or who have complex learning needs, including Down’s Syndrome. 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, schools and families. This team provides a consultancy service to schools and Early Year settings, and may suggest strategies and resources to support a student in their setting. The Advisory Teaching Service can provide bespoke training to school staff and other professionals in relation to primary and secondary school children with social and emotional needs. School may also request whole staff training on a range of topics (please see our website; there may be a charge for this training).

The Advisory Teaching Service offers a range of training for teachers and Teaching Assistants throughout the year. This information is available on our website.

Transition Support

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

The ATS Pre-school Workers support children’s transition into Reception classes. 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 and to support the child or young person’s best interests. Support for school staff is provided, to raise awareness and develop skills and strategies relating to individual needs.

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

Who to contact

01452 324376 (Cheltenham/Tewkesbury/Cotswold ATS)
01594 823102 (Forest of Dean ATS)
01452 426955 (Gloucester ATS)
01452 583728 (Stroud ATS)

Local Offer

SEN Provision Type

Practitioner Information

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