The purpose of the Outreach Team is to utilise the knowledge and skills of the staff at Waverley School together with their experience of using specialist equipment and resources. The service includes advice and support to mainstream schools to ensure the successful inclusion of pupils (wherever possible) with a physical impairment and associated medical care needs, pupils with speech and language difficulties, or pupils who have difficulties accessing the curriculum due to their learning needs, attitude to learning or behaviour.
The Waverley Outreach Team believes in achievement, ambition, and progress for all children. We aim to meet the needs of individual children through highly effective teaching. We work in a flexible way to develop effective partnerships with children and their parents/carers, the SENCo/teachers, and support staff to ensure that the school can meet a broad range of special educational needs. We support academic achievement and personal achievement by removing barriers to learning for pupils with a physical impairment and associated medical care needs of pupils with specific cognitive impairments. We use a wide range of strategies to foster a culture of lifelong learning and independent living skills for all children.
Requests for support from the Outreach Team will come from:
Following contact, the Outreach Team will request parental permission evidence, a completed referral form, and relevant written information. Once received, and assessed by the Outreach Team co-ordinator, an initial visit will be planned to identify a program of support to include assessment of need, a written report, and follow up visits as required. There is a three-tier approach to a referral:
If it is felt that the referral did not fall within the remit of the Outreach service, the co-ordinator will give clear reasons and endeavor to ensure that the request is passed to the most suitable agency and provide clear information to this effect. The Outreach Team works closely with the other agencies involved, as much as possible, to ensure a joined-up approach and cohesive support package.
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