Outreach training, intervention and provision for children with SEND
Fairfields School is an outstanding specialist primary school for children who have profound and severe learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum conditions. Our School-to-School Support is designed to provide bespoke training, development and outreach work for staff in primary schools across Northamptonshire. We provide a range of services to support SEND teaching and learning to better equip staff and school leaders in the primary sector to help children with special educational needs.
Our Outreach Service is primarily aimed at supporting mainstream schools with individual pupils and groups who have additional needs. Pupil’s needs may be complex, and the school would benefit from specialist advice on how best to support them. We can offer different levels of support and development in schools or provide a bespoke package for your school development needs.
We are passionate about ensuring that every pupil gets the help and support they need to thrive. The objectives of our support service are:
- To provide high quality support and advice to enable pupils with SEND to make appropriate progress to access the curriculum and benefit from their mainstream environment.
- To enable mainstream colleagues to understand the nature of the pupil’s difficulties and to develop their skills and confidence in planning programmes of intervention.
- To promote a fully inclusive approach to teaching and learning in order to improve the outcomes for pupils with SEND.
- To promote positive attitudes to inclusion
- To share good practice
- To work collaboratively to enable and empower educators to support inclusion
The aim of our outreach support is to work collaboratively with schools to address priority areas and raise standards. We have a highly experienced team available to provide bespoke support packages to individuals, departments or whole schools and MATS. The team can work with you to review current practice, develop strategies and interventions and share expertise.
Some examples of the types of support offered are:
- one-to-one support
- group support or training sessions
- coaching or mentoring
- access to resources
- peer reviews
We can provide support to any school with a pupil with additional needs, with an EHCP or who is on the special needs register in a primary school. This includes children who have
- Complex needs in the area of cognition and learning
- Profound and multiple learning difficulties
- Communication and interaction difficulties
- Autistic Spectrum Conditions
- Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
- Request for support submitted via website, email or telephone
- A member of our team will contact your setting for more information.
- Our team will match your request with an appropriate specialist who will make an appointment for an initial visit to your setting (complete observations, talk to staff and meet pupils).
- The specialist will draw up a proposal of support, a working agreement, outlining the detailed areas of need, level, frequency and duration of input.
- A schedule of follow up visits to advise on a range of issues such as teaching strategies, curriculum and pupil outcomes will be reviewed.
- As part of the service, we will provide reports following our visits with notes on discussions, observations and recommendations. We will review the impact of our interventions and identify next steps.
The Outreach Support offer includes:
During a visit to your setting, we will offer advice and guidance in planning, resources, differentiating and personalising the curriculum for your pupils with SEND.
Opportunities are also available for staff members to visit Fairfields School to observe classroom practice and view resources. We host learning walks, focussed visits and CPD workshops where professionals can visit to see the school in action. This is an excellent opportunity to follow up on training to see strategies in action or to focus on a particular aspect of teaching and learning or the curriculum.During a visit to your setting, we will offer advice and guidance in planning, resources, differentiating and personalising the curriculum for your pupils with SEND.
- Training on specific teaching strategies to address particular needs;
- Support in the assessment of pupil needs;
- Observation of pupils and suggested interventions.
- Advice on current practice, including sharing concerns, enabling more successful planning for individual pupils.
- Observation and feedback to teachers and support staff.
- In-reach visits to Fairfields School for staff to observe lessons, strategies, resources and environments and work alongside identified staff on specific issues.
- Advice on differentiation to enable pupils to access the curriculum to their full potential.
- Support with communication needs.
- identification of appropriate resources/ advice around specialist materials and equipment.
Areas of Support:
- Supporting Children with ASD
- Early communication skills
- SEND classroom strategies
- Behaviour management
- (multi) sensory impairment
- Whole Class Interventions
- Inclusion Strategies
- Total Communication
- Maximising your TA
- Setting and reviewing outcomes and assessments.
- Transition advice
- Support with identifying staff professional development needs
- Modelling and advice on, for example, –use of Circle Time, Social Stories, workstations, colourful semantics, visual timetables etc
We are also able to offer bespoke CPD and whole school training packages to schools and academies to support the transfer of skills/strategies into the classroom. Our highly qualified and experienced staff can offer training on a wide range of topics, including the following:
- Autism Awareness
- Sensory Integration
- Positive Behaviour Management
- Effective Teaching Assistants
- SEND Strategies in the Classroom
Our full list of training packages, along with dates and costs can be found on
Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring and evaluation is built into the process. Feedback from the school or setting will be requested at the end of each period of outreach involvement.
Benefits and impact can include:
- Improved quality of teaching and learning.
- Raised staff confidence in managing and including pupils with SEN.
- Effective inclusion.
- Improvement in behaviour, attendance or independence
- A happier child!
Requesting Support/Further Information:
A school or setting can make a request for outreach support by contacting the school using the information below
Please contact us either by email or phone and we can arrange an initial visit:
The cost to the supported school will be calculated as per the time commitment in the support proposal, which will include report writing and follow up time. This is based on a daily rate or pro rata for half days/hourly support.
Initial Visit is FREE – assessment and formulation of support package