The aims of outreach support are to:

Support mainstream schools in meeting the needs of children and young people with learning difficulties which are outside their usual experience
Help teachers and teaching assistants feel more confident in their day-to-day work in the classroom and promote a climate of success.
Build this confidence through being able to talk to, observe and work alongside skilled practitioners from special school settings.

Who can access outreach?

The outreach service is available to all schools and educational settings in the local area. Pupils referred for such support are those who challenge the confidence and skills of teachers and support staff as a result of their special educational needs.

How much does it cost?

The initial visit is free (up to half a day) and strategies, advice and casework will be discussed. After each visit a Summary of Support with clear success criteria will be completed by the outreach worker and sent to the Headteacher/SENCo of the mainstream school. Mainstream schools will need to use their own resources to release staff to work with our staff.

Further work

After the initial visit there are packages of support that schools can access at a cost:

  • ½ day:  £125.00
  • 1 day:   £250.00
  • 2 days:  £400.00

This can include bespoke packages which could consist of a combination of:
CPD, individual casework, further intervention to support the initial request and SEND reviews to inform next steps and inform school development plans.

Informal support and advice is also available – please feel free to phone or email us if there is anything you would like to discuss.  We are here to help!

We are always looking for ways to further develop partnerships between Dorothy Goodman and mainstream schools.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can support in any other way.

  • We have used the Sensory Circuits planning and advice to create Sensory Circuit planned time for 2 high needs pupils in lower year groups with ASD/ADHD combined diagnosis who struggled to settle into school in the mornings – which has worked successfully.
  • I would rate 1 (excellent support) for overall advice and support especially with the follow up reports as well as the Sensory Circuit planning/advice

  • I would rate 1 (excellent support) for the child specific advice verbally, as we were really struggling with SC Yr 2, who is high functioning ASD/ADHD as he could not maintain his attention or stay in class.

  • The advice made absolute sense which along with medication has made an outstanding difference.

Help & Support

The kind of help may include:

  • Advice regarding individual pupils to increase their access to the curriculum, inclusion in the classroom and socially around the school.
  • Advice on teaching, learning, assessment and target setting,
  • Advice on appropriate resources and information,
  • Advice about how to manage the education of pupils with specific conditions
  • Guidance at transition times,
  • Opportunities for teachers and support staff to visit Dorothy Goodman to view specialist resources and/or observe teaching strategies
  • Training sessions and/or contributing to staff meetings on a range of topics

Advice, strategies and training are available to support children and young people in the following areas: Dyslexia, Autism, Challenging Behaviour, Communication & Interaction, Social & Emotional Support, Sensory needs, EYFS, Makaton.

How can schools/settings access outreach?

To access outreach support a Request for Support form must be completed. In all cases, requests for support should be made by the Headteacher of the mainstream school or his/her representative, to the Outreach Coordinator here at Dorothy Goodman School. Please refer to the Request Pathway flow chart for further information.

The initial visit is free (up to half a day) and strategies, advice and case work will be discussed. After each visit a Summary of Support with clear success criteria will be completed by the outreach worker and sent to the Headteacher/SENCo of the mainstream school. Mainstream schools will need to use their own resources to release staff to work with special school staff.

SEND Acronyms

What do they mean?

ASDAutism Spectrum Disorder
ADHDAttention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
ADDAttention Deficit Disorder
CAMHSChild and Adolescent Mental Health Services
CCGClinical Commissioning Groups
EHCEducation, Health & Care
EPEducational Psychologist
HIHearing Impairment
IEPIndividual Education Plan
LALocal Authority
MLDModerate Learning Difficulty
MSIMulti-sensory impairment
OTOccupational Therapy/Therapist
PDPhysical Disability
PMLDProfound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
PRParental Responsibility
PTPhysiotherapy/Physiotherapist
SALTSpeech & Language Therapy/Therapist
SENSpecial Educational Needs
SENCoSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator
SENDSpecial Educational Needs and Disabilities
SLCNSpeech, Language & Communication Needs
SLDSevere Learning Difficulties
SpLDSpecific Learning Difficulties
DCDDevelopmental Co-ordination Disorder
TATeaching Assistant
VIVisual Impairment
DyslexiaLiteracy
DyscalculiaNumeracy
DyspraxiaMovement, gross or fine motor perception

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Support is available over the telephone, if you would like a conversation please provide a brief description of the support required and someone will give you a call.