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Specialist Teaching and Support Services (STaSS)

Bradford Council through Children’s Services, Education and Learning provides a range of specialist teaching and support services to schools and Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years settings as part of its offer and statutory duties for children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and disabilities. The service, now known as the Specialist Teaching and Support Service (STaSS) comprises:

They offer specialisms in four key areas:

    • Cognition and Learning
    • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
    • Early Years
    • Communication and Interaction (including Autism)
  • Low Incidence team (Sensory Service) who are a team of specialist teachers and support workers, instructors, habilitation officers, audiologists and technical officers who provide specialist teaching, support and outreach work to children and young people with:
  • Local Authority led specialist resourced provisions hosted in mainstream schools, both primary and secondary, for children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs and Communication and Interaction (including Autism) needs.
    • These are currently operational at Miriam Lord Community Primary school; Co-op Academy Princeville (Primary); Hollingwood Primary School; Appleton Academy and  to open by the end of the academic year 2019/20 at Fagley Primary school and the beginning of the next academic year 2020/21 at Thornton Primary School.
  • Medical Needs and Home Education Service which comprises teachers and officers providing an education service for all children of compulsory school age resident in the Bradford Local Authority area who cannot attend school because of illness and health problems. The service is based at Owlet Road Shipley and in the school rooms at Bradford Royal Infirmary and Airedale General Infirmary.

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.