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:

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.

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.