The Specialist Teacher Advisory Service

Supporting children at home and in an education setting

Who the service works with

Our service works with children and young people who:

Accessing the service

Our service is available to:

  • children and young people
  • families and carers
  • pre-schools and nurseries
  • schools
  • colleges
  • other professionals and agencies
The STAS team

Our team is made up of:

  • 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
Where STAS deliver services

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

  • 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 Communications and Language Team work in secondary schools only.

What to expect

Users of our service can expect:

  • 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 us

For further information and advice contact the STAS team at your local office.

Basingstoke Local Office

Chineham Court
Lutyens Close
RG24 8AG

Phone 01252 814776/7

Winchester Local Office

Falcon House
Monarch Way
SO22 5PL

Phone 01962 876344/5

Hampshire County Council Children's Services

Public Service Plaza
Civic Centre Road

Phone 02392 441405/9