Special Outreach Service
Our Specialist Outreach Service, in collaboration with the Autism Education Trust, is dedicated to assisting colleagues in mainstream schools in meeting the specific needs of their pupils.
Our outreach service focuses on supporting pupils who are working below Age Related Expectations or have additional needs or a diagnosis that presents challenges in accessing the curriculum.
The primary objectives of our outreach service are as follows:
- Promoting Positive Attitudes to Inclusion: We strive to foster a culture of inclusivity within schools, encouraging acceptance and understanding among all students.
- Celebrating and Sharing Good Practice: We believe in recognizing and celebrating effective strategies and approaches that have proven successful in supporting pupils with additional needs. By sharing these best practices, we aim to inspire and empower educators.
- Collaboratively Developing Teacher Confidence: Our outreach service aims to work closely with teachers, fostering a sense of confidence and competence in addressing the needs of their pupils. Through collaboration and support, we empower teachers to provide effective and inclusive education.
To accomplish these objectives, we organize courses and workshops designed to enhance the knowledge and confidence of teachers and teaching assistants working with children with special needs. These termly workshops cover a range of topics, including:
- Introduction to Autism: Providing an overview of autism spectrum disorders, including key characteristics, challenges, and effective support strategies.
- Literacy Strategies and Resources for Children with SEN: Exploring specialized approaches and resources to facilitate literacy development for students with special educational needs.
- Developing Play Skills in the Early Years: Equipping educators with strategies to promote play-based learning and foster social and developmental skills among young learners.
- Sensory Needs of Mainstream Pupils with SEND: Increasing awareness and understanding of sensory processing difficulties.
Through our courses and workshops, we aim to empower educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to effectively support pupils with special needs, creating inclusive and enriching learning environments for all.