Intervention Team

At the Dales Specialist School intervention often begins before children attend the school. The staff team at the Dales work with and support staff and children from mainstream schools.

When children attend the Dales School the induction process begins with children and families. This may include meetings with children, home visits and collecting the views and experiences of children and staff in school.

Once children arrive in school intervention begins in the classroom. The staff team settle the child and complete baseline assessments to identify the child’s skills and knowledge to give a sound basis for learning.

Supporting learning at the Dales School begins with a holistic approach, identifying the child’s needs, interests, learning styles, strengths and areas for development. The intervention team may support your child in whole classes, in small groups and individually.  

Children may have additional support to enhance fine and gross motor skills, to aid physical development. These activities promote the skills needed in movement for play, pre-reading and pre-writing skills, as well as self-help and independence.

Activities to develop life skills such as hygiene, healthy eating, cookery and sewing are just a few examples of the healthy lifestyle the school promotes.

There are speech, language and communication interventions, also Emotional Literacy and social skills groups.

Intervention may focus on activities to promote communication including expressive and receptive language, speech development, listening skills, syllable awareness, blending, segmenting, rhyme and alliteration.

Sessions in Emotional Literacy enable children to develop their skills and knowledge in managing feelings and emotions. Children take part in sessions to learn skills to improve self-knowledge and effective group skills, such as good listening, good looking, good sitting, turn taking and ways to communicate effectively.

The Dales uses a whole school approach to peer massage and sensory integration, with weekly peer massage and TAC PAC sessions, led by a trained instructor. We use the sensory room to support literacy and numeracy based lessons as well as relaxation in a multi-sensory learning environment.

The Intervention Team are staff with training or expertise in areas of child development and learning. The team support the fundamental skills for learning and promote a personalised learning approach. The Intervention team are a dedicated group of twelve non-teaching staff who support pupils and teachers in meeting the needs of children to enable children to access the curriculum more effectively and engage in activities and events in school.

At the Dales we believe working with parents and carers is essential to give children the best opportunities and experiences. Parents are the first and most enduring educators of their child and are an asset to the school.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Intervention Team if you would like more information.


Janet Simpson

Behaviour, Intervention,

Outreach and Assessment Manager

Intervention Activites:
  • Gardening
  • Horse Riding
  • Physiotherapy
  • Play Space
  • Soft Play
  • Sensory Room
  • Rebound Therapy
  • Sessions with Occupational Therapy Students
  • THRIVE - social and emotional development.