Specialist Teaching

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The central purpose of the Specialist Teachers is to promote the successful inclusion and progress of children and young people with SEN to achieve their personal best, working in partnership with schools, parents, and other agencies.

The Specialist Teachers offer assistance to schools in meeting the needs of pupils who are experiencing a greater difficulty than their peers in accessing the Early Years and National Curriculum. These difficulties may be of a long or short term nature and could involve learning, sensory, language, or physical difficulties.

Find out more about our service and about our specialist teams:

About the Teams 

They are specialist teachers undertaking a range of roles within the following specified areas of need:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Language Disorder
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Vision Impairment
  • Physical Disability
  • Down Syndrome
  • Multi-Sensory Impairment

 Although the service operates as 4 distinct teams, cross-area and cross-specialism working facilitates flexibility to meet changing locality-based demands.  

Who is who

The specialist teachers are all experienced qualified teachers with a wealth of expertise in both mainstream and specialist settings. Many of the teachers have worked as SENCOs or in senior leadership positions and a number hold postgraduate or MA qualifications including the NASEN Award.

What to expect

We aim to address needs early, our individual pupil work is aimed at children who are on the code of practice at school support level, our training and school support work is for all (please see the menu of support below). Referrals to our service need to made by the school following a discussion with their link specialist teacher. Our work is completed in schools but involves all key stakeholders including families.

Support we may provide

  • advice, support, and training to parents, carers and school staff
  • work collaboratively with colleagues in the local authority (LA) and other professionals regarding the education and management of children with SEND
  • signpost parents, carers and staff to other useful agencies and contacts
  • support and liaise with parents so that they can make informed choices
  • provide one to one work with children on specific skills as appropriate
  • Contribute to the assessment, monitoring, and reporting of needs
  • Liaison with other professional services and agencies
  • provide training and advice for school staff on accessing the curriculum and the use and maintenance of specialist resources and equipment 

If you think that a child could benefit from our service

Please speak to the Special Educational Needs Co-coordinator (SENCO) at the school first.

If a child already uses our service

You can contact your area team using the details below.

As part of our Tiered Approach to allow schools to receive advice, support and strategies from the Specialist Teachers at every stage of SEND Support the Aylesbury Area Specialist Teachers are offering regular Advice Sessions.
Each session provides half an hour, face to face or remote support for an individual school or setting. Prior to a session, we will ask you to complete a proforma outlining your needs which allows us to best prepare for the meeting. Feel free to discuss an individual pupil’s needs (anonymously) or a range of school-based approaches which may help across a number of learners

Aylesbury Area Team Advice Sessions 2020 to 2021

Advice Sessions are free to book and the Aylesbury Area Team, Specialist Teachers are offering Sessions on the following dates:

Autumn Term 2020

Spring Term 2021

Summer Term 2021

Wednesday 14 October 2020 Monday 11 January 2021 Monday 26 April 2021
Tuesday 3 November 2020 Tuesday 26 January 2021 Tuesday 11 May 2021
Monday 16 November 2020 Wednesday 10 February 2021 Wednesday 26 May 2021
Tuesday 1 December 2020 Monday 1 March 2021 Monday 14 Jun 2021
Wednesday 16 December 2020 Tuesday 16 March 2021 Tuesday 29 June 2021
Wednesday 31 March 2021 Wednesday 7 July 2021

To book use below links:

Cognition and Learning Support

Language Support

Autism Support

In order to allow fair access please do only book one session at a time although you are, of course, more than welcome to attend again if needed.

Please note these sessions are primarily for Aylesbury Area Schools please contact your local area hub team (Chiltern and South Bucks or Wycombe) for bookings in other areas.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Specialist Teachers (ST)
Telephone
E-mail
sts@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
Website
Buckinghamshire Council | Specialist Teaching

Where to go

Name
Specialist Teaching
Address
King George V House
King George V Road
Amersham
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
HP6 5AW

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Term Time Only

Other Details

Local Offer

Description

The central purpose of the Specialist Teachers (STS) is to promote the successful inclusion and progress of children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) to achieve their personal best.  Specialist Teachers (STS) works in partnership with:

  • schools
  • parents
  • other agencies
Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
12 to 15
19 to 25
2 to 4
0 to 1
8 to 11
5 to 7
Needs Level
Sensory and Physical Needs
Hearing
All Needs Met
Communication and Interaction
Autism
Visual
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
Cognition and Learning
SEN Provision Type
Targeted service or Specialist service (Referral required)
You Said We Did

In response to the annual Specialist Teaching Service (STS) survey to schools you said:

  • It’s difficult to catch up with the Specialist Teacher as we are all so busy so don’t get a chance to catch up.

We did: Having discussed this with a number of schools we put in place a Record of Visit form which records all sessions in school for a named pupil, with objectives we are working towards. This is then shared termly with the schools.

In response to the annual Specialist Teaching Service (STS) survey to pupils you said:

  • The survey is too complicated.

  • The language is hard to understand.

We did: The team are looking into the survey to see how we can make it more pupil friendly and are working with individual pupils to get feedback on how best to present the next one.

Last Updated
14/10/2020

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