Specialist Teaching Service
ABOUT THE SPECIALIST TEACHING SERVICE
The Specialist Teaching Service is committed to reducing barriers to learning for children and young people with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (LDD), promoting inclusion and equal opportunity in Kent schools and settings.
“The goal of inclusion is not to erase differences, but to enable all students to flourish within an educational community that validates and values their individuality”
WHAT WE DO
The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001) acknowledges that children have needs that may fall into at least one of four areas defined as:
- Cognition and Learning
- Comunication and Interaction
- Physical and Sensory
- Social, Emotional and Behaviour
The Specialist Teaching Services works to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities 0-19/24 by working collaboratively with professionals in statutory and non statutory organisations. At a strategic level this work is in relation to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities from 0-24, whilst operational services are provided for children and young people agred 0-19.
- The Specialist Teaching Service (STS) is part of the Learners with Additional Needs strand of Education, Learning and Skills, and works to champion inclusive education and achievement.
- The STS provides specialist professional leadership to influence the strategic direction and inform the development of policy, practice and procedures at a county and regional and national level in relation to children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, in order to support Kent in discharging its statutory duties.
- STS staff are deployed on the basis of ongoing proactive needs analysis to provide high quality, highly specialised information, intervention and support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities across a range of educational settings to ensure inclusive practice at an individual, group or systemic level.
- The STS works to support/manage integrated processes, including Early Support, County panel and Single Point of Access.
- The STS works to promote the independence and resilience of children and young people with SEN and disabilities.
- The STS supports integrated service delivery for children and young people 0-19/24 with disabilities in collaboration with Special Schools and other locality special provision.
- The STS works to ensure full access to the learning environment, curriculum and information for children and young people with SEN and disabilities challenging inequalities in line with the Equality Act (2010).
HOW ARE WE ORGANISED?
Staff are deployed to District teams under the management of a District Co-ordinator. Each team includes specialist teachers for all need types and Portage Home Visitors, together with other specialist professional staff. Three Area STS Managers oversee this work.
The District Co-ordinators, under the leadership of the STS Managers in their role as County Heads of Profession, ensure a high level of professional expertise across the service.