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Oakwood School & Assessment Centre, Belfast

What we do


The service is based in the Fortwilliam Centre, 72 Fortwilliam Park, Belfast, BT15 4AS

Phone :- 028 9078 4230

Email :-

How to contact the service

Referrals to the ASD Service for individual pupils can only be made through the education psychology service.  Referral must normally follow a period of intervention by the school at Stages 1 or 2 of the Code of Practice and following implementation of advice from the school’s Educational Psychologist at Stage 3.  If after a period of review no progress has been made a referral may be made through the school’s EP.  The referral must be supported by a Stage 3 Educational Psychologist assessment, education plans and reviews from Stages 2 and 3.  These should include a review of the strategies already implemented and the outcomes.

The Educational Psychologist will then submit this detailed information to the ASD panel; the evidence will be reviewed and a decision to make further provision may be agreed.


The Oakwood Advisory Team can support teachers in the mainstream schools in the following ways:

  • Oakwood ASD Service offers extensive training programmes for Principals, SENCO’s, teachers and classroom assistants. Training takes place at Oakwood ASD Training Centre.
  • Offer advice
  • Advice on the writing of IEPs.
  • Provide a report defining the areas requiring intervention and outlining the support and strategies recommended.
  • Advise teachers about suitable texts and resources.
  • Contribute to the annual review process where appropriate.
  • Follow up visits as appropriate.
  • Telephone advice
  • Assist in supporting the child in the transition to the next level of education.


Who is eligible

The Oakwood Advisory Service is a Stage 3 provision for individual children who are attending school in the Education Authority, Belfast Region. A statement of educational needs is not required to access the service.  The service also provides advice and support to children and schools at Stage 5 of the Code of Practice.






Tuesday, 7th November 2017
Post-Primary Training on Sensory Processing and ASD (3.30 pm - 5.30 pm)
Monday, 13th November 2017
Social skills/social play - activity based learning for Nursery, Foundation & KS1 (4.00 pm - 6.00 pm)
Monday, 20th November 2017
Friendship group training for KS2 (4.00 pm - 6.00 pm)
Tuesday, 21st November 2017
Primary School Training on Sensory Processing and ASD (3.30 pm - 5.30 pm)
Monday, 27th November 2017
Friendship group training for post primary (4.00 pm - 6.00 pm)