The Wolverhampton Outreach Service is commissioned by the Local Authority to provide support to mainstream schools in order to maintain the placement of children with a range of SEND including SEMH within the mainstream context. The team have an individual caseload of children across different schools that require support. These children have been referred into the Service (see Make a referral section) and receive a range of support depending on the need. This support can include intervention programmes, practitioner-led advice that involves; observation of classroom practices with feedback, shared action planning for strategy implementation, and support for transition, differentiation and inclusion. We provide pathways to support for SEMH and autism needs, which includes responding to the ‘Getting it Right’ documentation.
We have a range of resources and equipment that we are able to loan out to schools for them to discover if they are appropriate and successful for an individual. A large part of our support seeks to upskill mainstream practitioners to meet the needs of their own pupils through a comprehensive training and support package. This can be delivered to individual staff within schools, as twilight training or as part of PD day CPD offer to small groups or whole staff delivery. The Tettenhall Wood Outreach team have recently led on the pilot scheme of the new Outreach Service ‘Autism Friendly Schools Initiative’, which aims to provide a consistent standard of provision for learners with autism across the mainstream schools in the Local Authority by supporting schools through a self-reflective process until they achieve the Autism Friendly School status.