Multi Agency Support Team for Schools (MASTS)

The MASTS service has been developed in partnership with North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) and the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) services.

Aims

The MASTS service aims to ensure that children have the opportunity to meet their potential by:

  • Supporting staff in nursery and primary school (up to the end of P4) to promote the social, emotional and behavioural; speech, language and communication; and sensory, motor and perceptual skills of all children
  • Giving nursery and primary school staff (up to the end of P4) the confidence, knowledge and skills to identify and meet the needs of children with difficulties in the areas of:
    - speech, language and communication
    - social, emotional and behaviour
    - sensory, motor and perception
  • Working with school staff and parents to decide if direct intervention is required for referred children in Years 1-4 of primary school.
  • Providing support as deemed appropriate.

Referral process

Children who can be referred for support must:

  • Attend a primary school accessing the MASTS service in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area. Referrals must be made by the School Principal
  • Be in Year 1 to Year 4 at the time of referral
  • Have two or more of the following:
    - Speech, language and communication needs
    - Social, emotional and behavioural needs
    - Sensory, motor and perceptual needs.
  • Need MASTS support to help them access the curriculum.

MASTS Structure

The MASTS service comprises of four sector teams working across the Trust. Each team includes the following staff:

Speech and Language Therapists
Behaviour Therapists
Occupational Therapists
Physiotherapists
Clinical Psychologist
Specialist Language Teachers (NEELB area)
Therapy Assistants
Clerical Officers

Contact details

Antrim/Ballymena MASTS
1 Steeple Road
Antrim
BT41 1AF
Tel: 028 9442 7670
Fax: 028 9442 7689

Causeway MASTS
Route House
Route Complex
8e Coleraine Road
Ballymoney
Tel: 028 2766 1237

East Antrim MASTS
Bungalow 2
Thornfield House School
8-12 Jordanstown Road
Newtownabbey
BT37 0QF
Tel: 028 9036 0910

Mid Ulster MASTS
Unit 1, The Cornstore
Market Street
Moneymore
BT45 7PE
Tel: 028 8674 7860
Fax: 028 8674 7878

Related links
MASTS Leaflet

Page last updated:12 September 2014