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.
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.