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Advisory Teaching Service - Support for pupils with Learning Difficulties

Early Intervention

The Advisory Teaching Service (ATS) and the Educational Psychology Service (EPS) work closely with schools to identify pupils who experience persistent difficulties in acquiring literacy and numeracy skills (including Specific Learning Difficulties and Dyslexia).  Advice on supporting individual students can be sought, following an appropriate referral. This ensures that suitable 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 to support children and families. This team provides a consultancy service to school settings. The Advisory Teaching Service can provide training to school staff and other professionals in relation to primary and secondary school children who experience persistent  learning difficulties. Our staff may also provide staff with advice on the use of alternative recording strategies, including use of ICT, in school..

Transition Support

Transition is often a worrying time for student and families. Our service aims to support transitions between key stages and settings, taking account of existing good practice and successful strategies. Transition to secondary school is supported with annual conferences, or individual consultations, for parents and schools. Time spent producing a booklet relating to the student’s strengths and needs will enable all staff working with the student to be familiar with their profile and to provide a positive start to their next stage of education.

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 aims to facilitate smooth transitions throughout a pupil’s school career. Support for school staff is provided, to raise awareness of individual needs and suitable interventions.

All Advisory Teachers are now working, both in schools and 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.

For support with children already known to ATS, please contact your Advisory Teacher directly. Advice helplines continue to operate 12.45-3.45pm daily for general “no names” conversations, and useful resources for settings and parents are uploaded to our website- please see individual Team pages
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Who to contact

Contact Name
Rosalyn Rees
Contact Position
Lead Advisory Teacher
01594 823102 (Forest ATS)
01452 324376 (Cheltenham ATS)
01452 426955 (Gloucester ATS)
01452 583728 (Stroud ATS)
E-mail (Forest ATS) (Cheltenham ATS) (Gloucester ATS)

Where to go

Advisory Teaching Service
Dockham Road
GL14 2DB

Local Offer

SEN Provision Type

Practitioner Information

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