Who we are
Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS)
Who we are:
|C&L Specialist Teacher & District Lead
|Business Support Officer
|SEMH Specialist Teacher
|C&L/C&I Specialist Teacher
|EY Specialist Teacher
|C&I Specialist Teacher
|Specialist Support Practitioner
Tunbridge Wells Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) are part of Broomhill Bank School. We work in partnership with Oakley School and aim to provide advice and support to Early Years settings and schools to build the capacity to deliver high quality provision and inclusive practice for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to ensure their successful inclusion in mainstream settings. Tunbridge Wells STLS organise and run the Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) Process along with the Kent Educational Psychology Service, LIFT provides a structure to support schools within the District.
The Service can be accessed by early year’s settings and mainstream schools through the Local Inclusion Forum Team meetings (LIFT).
Inclusion Forum Team Meetings (LIFT)
LIFT meetings take place once a term and give SENCo’s an opportunity to refer and discuss a pupil to get advice and guidance on how to best support them. The EY setting or school must also demonstrate what has been tried already with the child/pupil and that best endeavours have been used.
If a referral is made this is done using the EY or School referral form found on Kelsi (see link below) and must include a signed parental agreement form to ensure informed parental consent.
The referral forms are sent by email (schools) or post (EY) to Julie Goodfellow.
There are 4 main outcomes from a LIFT discussion:
Advice, support and ideas from the solution focused peer discussion at the meeting
Access to training programmes or the opportunity for bespoke training
Peer to peer support from another school
Specialist Intervention from a specialist teacher, special school outreach teacher, Educational Psychologist (through the core discretionary offer or commissioning), Provision Evaluation Officers, Early Help involvement or other district based SEND provider. Recommendations for referrals to other specialist services such as Speech and Language or CAMHS.
The STLS and Outreach offer is overseen by The LIFT Executive which meets termly to make strategic decisions about the allocation of funds to meet the district need.
Members of the LIFT Executive include:
Head teachers of District Schools (annual membership)
Head teachers of District Special Schools
District Lead for STLS outreach
Senior Educational Psychologist
Early Years Representative
Provision and Evaluation Officer
Lead for Primary Provision (TRACKS)