What is Outreach?

What is Outreach?

Partnership working with mainstream schools

Avalon School provides Outreach to our local mainstream partner schools:  Street/Glastonbury CLP, Wells CLP and Sheppey Valley CLP.  If your school is in a different part of Somerset, please see the SEN.SE Outreach tab for information about your local Special School Outreach Offer. Outreach Leads Kate Lee and Dawn Thorley (Educational Psychologists)

Contact details: office@avalon.somerset.sch.uk

Avalon’s outreach programme has been formulated in response to views expressed by our partner mainstream schools, as well as the feedback received throughout each academic year and through the end of year reviews. We regularly review its impact and development to ensure it continues to be responsive to local need. 

Avalon’s current Outreach offer includes:

  • Independent Learning Assistant (ILA) course – see our Outreach Programme page for more detailed information.  This course has been devised by the lead Outreach Educational Psychologists and is based on the successful ELSA model.  It focuses on building the capacity of schools to support children and young people to become confident, competent, independent learners.
  • A complementary ILA course for teachers and SENCos, sharing good practice for differentiating curriculums for pupils with SEN.  
  • Interaction and Communication STC Awareness sessions/PECS/multisensory environments.
  •  Visits to Avalon School; mainstream staff visit and observe/work alongside Avalon staff to share good practice, knowledge and resources.
  • Introductory sessions for parents/TAs/teachers. Strategies for pupils with ASD, social stories, sensory issues, visual strategies; awareness sessions for TAs and teachers, practical ideas and implementation.
  •  After School Club; children and young people with SEN&D attending mainstream schools have the opportunity to attend the After School Club for students attending Avalon School. 
  • Parent/Carers’ group; opportunities for parents/carers of children and young people with SEN&D attending mainstream schools or Avalon School to meet informally and discuss issues, along with the Avalon School PFSA.   See flyer for more information.

If you are interested in any of the above activities, or would like to enquire about the possibility of an Outreach activity not currently on the list, please contact Avalon School for further information.

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