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Ridge View Specialist Teaching and Learning Services, (STLS), are part of the Tonbridge and Malling mainstream service that provide information, training, and outreach support to pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, and parents, in the Tonbridge and Malling District.  The service consists of specialist teachers and practitioners from the following SEN dimensions: Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Social Emotional and Mental Health, Early Years, Hearing and Visual Impairment, and Physical Disability.  The highly specialised teachers provide outreach support and training.



Training courses are run throughout the academic year, both for parents and professionals. They are advertised in our yearly brochure that is distributed to all settings and schools.  Regular courses are run on the following topics:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Early Years needs
  • Attachment
  • Bereavement
  • Lego Therapy
  • Clicker 6/7
  • Communicate in Print,
  • Sensory Awareness,
  • Social Stories,
  • EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus for parents

Some courses are double district courses with the Maidstone area. Conferences take place on a yearly basis with a focus on specific areas of need, or new initiatives. Bespoke courses can be arranged for individual schools throughout the school year.


Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT)

The LIFT process is supported and chaired by the STLS.   Professionals from various agencies attend the LIFT meetings, including Educational Psychologists, Early Help workers, and Speech and Language Therapists.  The forum is a venue for SEN case referrals, where complex needs can be discussed, and support provided.  Collaborative working is  through school to school support.


Senco Forums

STLS also arrange the early years and the school age SENCo Forums for the academic year.  These forums provide a networking event for professionals with an SEN focus.



The professional resource base at Ridge View provides access to a large range of books, assessments and software. All schools are able to borrow from the library on a termly basis.


The Team

Jackie Gale – District Co-ordinator/Interventions Manager 

Zenia Ford – County Strategic Lead for Early Years SEND

Claire Foley – Senior Administrator

Clair Green – Administration Assistant

Gill Jones- Specialist Teacher for SEMH

Fiona Mumford – Specialist Teacher for Early Years

Emma Thorn – Specialist Teacher for Communication and Interaction

Elizabeth Johnson – Specialist Teacher for Communication and Interaction

Anna Samuels – Specialist Teacher for Cognition and Learning

Sue Holder – Specialist Teacher for Cognition and Learning

Karen McCormack – Specialist Teacher for Visual Impairment

Charlotte Green – Specialist Teacher for Physical Disability

Sandra Walker – Early Years Practitioner

Lynn Fallaize – Dyslexia Specialist

James Bennett – SEMH Practitioner