Children's Services

The Specialist Teacher Advisory Service

Our service works with children and young people who:

Our service is available to:

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  • children and young people
  • families and carers
  • pre-schools and nurseries
  • schools
  • colleges
  • other professionals and agencies.

Our team is made up of:

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  • experienced teachers with appropriate qualifications in their relevant specialisms
  • mobility and independence instructors
  • a teacher adviser for ICT and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)/ICT technician
  • specialist in risk assessment and manual handling
  • speech and language therapists.

Working with children at home, in pre school and in school*, we:

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  • provide information, 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 sensory impairment, physical disabilities and language impairment
  • contribute to the assessment, monitoring and reporting of needs, both formally and informally
  • signpost parents, carers and staff to other useful agencies and contacts
  • support and liaise with parents so that they can make informed choices
  • provide training and advice for school staff on accessing the curriculum and the use and maintenance of specialist resources and equipment
  • provide advice on Individual Education Plan (IEP) target setting and record keeping
  • attend annual reviews where appropriate
  • represent the needs of children to officers of the LA and help the child express his/her views
  • provide one to one work with children on specific skills as appropriate.

*The CAL team work in secondary schools only

Users of our service can expect:

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  • professional and specialised support from a team of well qualified and motivated staff
  • a high quality, professional service
  • clear, unbiased and up to date information
  • written advice and / or programmes as appropriate
  • an emphasis on practical solutions
  • confidentiality
  • a user friendly service.
Coffee mornings arranged for pre school sensory impaired children

Contact the Specialist Teacher Advisory Service

  • Basingstoke Local Office
    Chineham Court
    Lutyens Close
    RG24 8AG
    Tel: 01252 814776/7
  • Winchester Local Office
    Falcon House
    Monarch Way
    SO22 5PL
    Tel: 01962 876344/5
  • HCC Children's Services
    Public Service Plaza
    Civic Centre Road
    PO9 2AX
    Tel: 02392 441405/9