Penn Hall’s Outreach Service was established in 2003 and is led by an Outreach Manager, with an Outreach Coordinator supported by an Outreach Support Assistant. This team draws upon the experience of a number of other staff to support pupils in mainstream schools. The Service works across all age phases and has supported children from Nurseries, Primary Schools and Secondary Schools across Wolverhampton.
Outreach Staff support pupils with disabilities through:
- School visits
- Advice and guidance
- Staff Training
- In-lesson support
- Equipment provision
'To develop and build the capacity of Wolverhampton Schools to fully include pupils with physical disabilities and deliver their entitlement in terms of curriculum access, physical access and personal care.'
- To facilitate the inclusion education of pupils with physical disabilities within a mainstream setting.
- To provide advice and support to schools, pupils and parents, and the LA on all aspects of physical disability relating to physical and curriculum access.
- To co-ordinate and support the integration and inclusion of pupils with physical disabilities on either a part/full time basis in a mainstream or specialist school setting.
- To work collaboratively with school staff to develop confidence and skills in working inclusively with pupils with disabilities.
- To work collaboratively with a range of multi-agency professionals (including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, nursery nurses, nurses) to provide ‘joined-up’ support and guidance for pupils, parents and staff in mainstream settings.
- To act as a resource base for adapted equipment demonstrations at Penn Hall or short term loan of equipment in mainstream schools.
- To develop and co-ordinate a range of In Service Training provision for staff working with pupils with disabilities.
- To work in partnership with the Local Authority in their arrangements for implementing the DfE SEN Code of Practice
The Outreach Service works alongside other agencies such as Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, providing ‘joined up’ advice for schools and parents. This is in line with the Common Assessment Framework model and the need for collaboration in multi-agency working.