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Social Communication Interaction & Learning (SCIL) Team

The SCIL Team is part of the Specialist Teaching and Support Service (STaSS) also made up of; The Low Incidence Team (Sensory Service), The Local Authority Led Resourced Provisions and the Medical Needs and Hospital Education Service.

Our vision is to provide high quality support for all Bradford children and young people using a collaborative approach through transformational learning experiences so that they can flourish and make excellent holistic progress and successfully transition to responsible citizens”.

Who is the SCIL team?

We are Specialist Teachers and Practitioners (supporting schools), Access and Inclusion Officers (supporting private, voluntary and independent (PVI) (birth-5 years) settings) and an Early Years Project Support Officer.

We offer specialisms in four key areas: Early Years, Communication and Interaction, Learning Support and Social Emotional and Mental Health. 

We are a service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) across the Bradford district aged 0-25.  We offer support to maintained mainstream schools, free schools, academies and early years/PVI settings. In addition, advice can be sought from the team for a child or young person who has an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) and lives in Bradford but are educated out of the Bradford District.


What is our vision?

Our aim is:

To offer a flexible and responsive service, supporting schools and private, voluntary and independent (PVI) (birth-5 years) settings to better understand and meet the needs of children and young people across Bradford in order to improve outcomes and life chances.

What do we offer?

Our offer clearly focuses on equipping mainstream schools/settings to identify and effectively support children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities through high quality teaching, reasonable adjustments and additional provision.

We will achieve this by working alongside key staff in schools and settings, to;

  • share our specialist knowledge, skills and experience,
  • develop inclusive practice of staff in schools/settings and,
  • support the graduated approach.

SEND Specialist Support Request

Schools/settings will have the opportunity to access specialist support to work alongside key staff in a collaborative and solution focused way to improve their inclusive practice.

Schools/settings will access SEND specialist support by completing the form Referral Forms | Skills 4 Bradford  to provide key contact information, determine a specialism and select priorities areas for support (for example developing high quality teaching with need specific adjustments in place). We will expect a commitment for appropriate staff to engage with the support offered.

A link SCIL Specialist Teacher/Access and Inclusion Officer/Specialist Practitioner will provide support, modelling and training around the priority areas by working alongside key staff to develop skills, knowledge and confidence.

Support for individual children

We understand that a small number of children and young people with more complex needs may require individual targeted specialist advice.

Following a graduated approach, advice for individual children/young people will be supported through a hub in the first instance. In the hub appointment, information will be gathered and recommendations will be provided around identified priorities. The Senco and staff working with the individual child/young person as well as the parent/carer can attend the virtual appointment. Hubs are advertised and booked via  Training & Events | Skills 4 Bradford

Following the implementation of the recommendations, if progress isn’t being made after at least six weeks, then a request can made for further individual support.


Each team (Early Years, Communication and Interaction, Learning Support and Social, Emotional and Mental Health) is offering a ‘Fundamentals for Inclusion’ continuous professional development  programme for up to two key members of staff in a school/setting. The programme will take place over two or three terms and provide materials and resources to disseminate to colleagues focusing on implementing and embedding inclusive practice in schools/settings.

Bookings details and closing dates can be found on.

Fundamentals for Inclusion - SCIL - Learning Support | Skills 4 Bradford

Training/courses can be accessed as a scheduled course or delivered on demand to schools/settings. Details and booking details can be found at;

Courses / Training & Consultancy | Skills 4 Bradford

Contacts - SCIL Team Service Manager - Team Lead Learning Support -  Team Lead Communication & Interaction – Team Lead Social, Emotional and Mental Health – Team Lead Early Years  – Team Leader – Access and Inclusion Officers, Specialist Practitioners and Project Support Officer for Early Years Inclusion Funding.

Further Information

Requests for support are made directly by schools and settings, with parent/carer permission. All details can be found on

Families with concerns about their child should discuss this with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) at their child’s school or setting.

The Early Years Team also receives referrals from Education Advice 1 (EA1 notifications) which is a statutory notification from health informing education that a child may have an additional support need.

Further information around Early Years Inclusion Funding can be found here:

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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.

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