Specialist Teaching and Psychology Service (STePS)
What is STePS?
If you have concerns about a child or young person in your school with special educational needs or disabilities the Specialist Teaching and Psychology Service (STePS) may be able to help. The service is made up of three teams. For more information on each of the teams please click on the links below:
- The Early Intervention Team (EIT) provides advice and support for pre-school children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, their parents, early years setting staff (private, voluntary and independent settings) and transition into first school placement. We do not charge schools for this service.
- The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides statutory and non-statutory psychological advice to children and young people, parents, schools, early years settings (PVI) and the Local Authority. We may apply charges for this service.
- The Specialist Support Teaching Service (SSTS) provides support and advice for children and young people with a range of diagnosed conditions including sensory impairment, physical impairment and autism spectrum disorders. We may apply charges for part of this service
For more information about the STePS team please see the
What assurance can you give of the quality of the service provided by STePs?
- All the team undergo induction and a probationary period on joining the service
- Casework supervision is provided to all staff
- All the team are subject to performance management reviews
- The National Portage Association Code of Practice and Ethical Guidelines (revised 2006) governs the work of the Derby City Portage Service
- In line with DCC policy all staff have CRB checks
- Team members attend team meetings and continuing professional development sessions
- All Educational Psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
- All EPs are regulated by a professional code of practice that governs their day-to-day work.
- The work of assistant and trainee EPs is carefully allocated and supervised.
- The service has a complaints procedure.
- The service samples a range of standards and performance indicators
- Quality Standards for SEN outreach services and the National Sensory Impaired Partnership (NatSIP) are used to inform practice and service delivery