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Advisory Teaching Service Physical Disabilities Team

The Physical Disabilities Team is part of the Advisory Teaching Service which is a countywide Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) teaching and advisory support service organised into 4 local area bases. Support is available for children and young people at all stages of the graduated Gloucestershire Pathway for SEND. The team consists of specialist advisory teachers, pre-school support workers and occupational therapists. 

What we do:

  • Work in partnership to  develop practice so learners with physical disability access activities with their peers, secure good outcomes and work towards achieving their dreams and aspirations
  • Support, advise and empower staff in schools and settings to understand the needs of children and young people with physical disabilities
  • Provide advice in relation to the child or young person’s physical disability and learning needs
  • Ensure that the views, perspectives and experiences of the children and young people are fully reflected in their provision
  • Loan and demonstrate specialist resources including how to adapt educational materials when/if necessary

 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 base)
01594 823102 (Forest ATS base)
01452 426955 (Gloucester ATS base)
01452 583728 (Stroud ATS base)

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Who can refer and how:

  • Schools and settings, through the Advisory Teaching Service Referral Form
  • Other professionals through the Advisory Teaching Service Referral Form

If you have concerns regarding your child your first port of call should be the school or setting they attend.  Establish where your child is on the Gloucestershire Graduated Pathway and what adjustments, support or interventions are being made in response to their needs.  If necessary ask that the setting or school refers to our Team.  As a parent/carer you will be asked for consent.  The teacher offering support in your area will contact you and the setting directly. 


Local Offer

Local Offer Details

Who we offer this service to:

We work with CYP who have:

  • A diagnosed physical disability or need
  • A physical need that impacts on a CYP’s education

How and when we do it:

  • We work in homes, early years settings, schools and other educational settings. This is available during term time
  • The level of support offered to each child and young person and family is based on the CYP’s needs in relation to their physical need, their stage of development and the knowledge and support that they have around them.
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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