‘Supporting Schools. Enabling Inclusion’
The Wolverhampton Outreach Service offers support to mainstream practitioners to enable them to more confidently meet the needs of children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).
Under the coordination of Dr Eve Griffiths, the service is made up of 14 teachers and TLSAs from across five of the City's Special Schools, Broadmeadow, Penn Hall, Penn Fields, Tettenhall Wood and West Croft.
As working teachers ourselves, we understand the curious challenges of the classroom and so offer support that is grounded in successful classroom practice, whilst being both practical and empathetic. We aim to empower teachers to believe in their own ability to meet the needs of all children, cascading our own skills and sharing the expertise and experiences of the special school classroom.
There are two strands to the service. The first is the Core Outreach Offer, which is free at the point of contact to all schools in the Local Authority. The second strand to the service is 'Outreach+'. This strand of the service is traded.
We accept referrals from teachers, TLSAs, SENDCOs, Senior Leaders and other professionals for individual children, staff or for whole school issues. Pupils that trigger a referral may:
Be on SEN Support
Have an EHCP (Identifying need irrelevant)
Have a statement of SEND (identifying need irrelevant)
Are being evaluated for a Statement or an EHCP
Have Emotional or Mental Health needs that impede their curricular access
Are working academically at a level 2 or more years below AREs
Have physical needs or issues with need of access arrangements
The support that we offer
Observation of classroom practices with face to face feedback
Shared action planning and strategy implementation
Support for inclusion, access and transition
Support with differentiation and planning
Preparation of resources
Modelling of good practice (including special school visits)
Moving and handling guidance
TAC and EHCP support
Support for parents
Disability awareness input.
Access to pathways for Dyslexia, SEMH and ASD.
Support with implementing advice given by other agencies
Training and CPD
Who to contact
Dr Eve Griffiths M.Ed, Ph.D
Wolverhampton Outreach Coordinator
01902 556 756
01902 558 640