STARS

Our Service STARS are a team of autism specialists who offer advice and training to mainstream settings. We work in early years settings, primary schools and secondary schools. Our main focus is on giving all staff a better understanding of autism. We are committed to raising expectation and achievement for all children with autism in Leeds. We want to ensure that quality support and provision is in place for every child. We use a variety of strategies depending on the individual needs of the child. Our approaches are evidence-based and recognised nationally as excellent autism practice. STARS are accredited by the National Autistic Society. For further information go to http://www.starsteam.org.uk/home

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STARS

Our Service STARS are a team of autism specialists who offer advice and training to mainstream settings. We work in early years settings, primary schools and secondary schools. Our main focus is on giving all staff a better understanding of autism. We are committed to raising expectation and achievement for all children with autism in Leeds. We want to ensure that quality support and provision is in place for every child. We use a variety of strategies depending on the individual needs of the child. Our approaches are evidence-based and recognised nationally as excellent autism practice. STARS are accredited by the National Autistic Society. For further information go to http://www.starsteam.org.uk/home

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STARS offer

Free autism awareness training for the whole setting

Referrals

  • Opening meeting: with parents, teaching assistant/key worker, lead practitioner, teacher, SENCO
  • Up to three visits, if needed, in collaboration with the lead practitioner. More support/visits given to high priority cases (at STARS’ discretion)
  • Review meeting: with the lead practitioner, key staff and parents to go through the summary of recommendations
  • STARS will offer ongoing advice to lead practitioners through support meetings and visits where necessary.


STARS specific training:

We offer twilights on visual communication, social stories and other topics. Please contact the office for more information on these bespoke courses. STARS can only accept referrals from early years settings, primary or secondary schools. We cannot accept referrals from GPs, health professionals or parents.

How do I make a referral?

Phone the STARS office to speak to a member of the team. If we feel you need to make a referral, we can send you a referral form to fill in. Telephone 0113 336 8287.

Do I need to make a referral every time I need support?
No, if you can identify a lead practitioner and come along to our three levels of training, it is unlikely that you will need to make another referral. STARS will offer follow-up support and ongoing meetings to lead practitioners.

Lead practitioners (STARS)

STARS are encouraging settings to choose lead practitioners to help promote better autism and SEN provision. Ideally this would be a member of staff (teaching or support staff) who has the capacity to work with individual pupils and to support and advise staff in their teaching and management of pupils with autism. With support from STARS, the lead practitioner will develop and implement systems and strategies that:

  • enhance pupils’ independence, progress, confidence and well-being
  • reduce pupils’ anxiety levels
  • develop good autism and SEN practice across school.

What People say about us

As always, the contribution from STARS has been invaluable in allowing us to improve our practice within school and ensure we are delivering the best provision to meet the needs of pupils with autism

Mainstream school on support received from our city-wide autism support service (STARS)