Specialist Teaching & Learning Service

The Specialist Teaching and Learning Services (STLS) include Specialist Teachers and Outreach from Special Schools. The STLS provide advice and training to support settings and schools in improving the outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The STLS is responsive and flexible to local needs through the opportunities for discussion and the decision making at the Local Inclusion Forum Team meetings. Specialist assessment for children and young people can be provided and interventions modelled at the targeted and individualized levels of support.


Our vision is to:

  • raise standards
  • close attainment gaps and improve children’s progress
  • prevent exclusion
  • build Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) capacity in Early Years (EY) settings and school
  • reduce the need for statutory assessment and Education, Health and Care Plans

Ensure full access to learning for all the children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in our EY settings and schools

Services to Children in Early Years

STLS support for children with SEND within this age range is carried out through home visits or visits to Day Nurseries and Pre-school provisions. Referrals are received via the EY Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) Meeting .

Requests for Specialist Teacher advice and intervention are made via the EY LIFT Meetings that are held every two weeks. Each setting has been allocated to an EY LIFT group which meets termly. The EY LIFT will allocate appropriate support.

STLS Services to Schools

The main route for schools to access SEND support is the District LIFT meetings. Support at the LIFT meeting is provided by a range of professionals including the Educational Psychology Service, District Coordinator, Special School Outreach Managers and Specialist Teachers. Schools are required to attend the LIFT meetings to discuss a range of support, including schools supporting each other and sharing good practice.

Specialist Training

The Specialist Teaching and Learning Services provide a consistent and equitable core training offer to pre-school settings and schools covering:

  • support and advice around individual children and young people
  • training packages that arise from LIFT
  • STLS core training offer (DOC, 87.5 KB) to support the universal level
  • training Courses at the Targeted or Personalised level
  • bespoke training for low incidence SEND
  • training provided with national framework.

For Further information and referral forms please visit the Specialist Teaching and Learning Services (STLS) page on the KELSI website.