Inclusion Practitioners are part of the Education Inclusion Service. Inclusion Practitioners are professionals who have extensive experience of teaching in schools. They have specialist knowledge, understanding and training in order to support schools to meet the needs of pupils with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Conditions and/or speech, language and communication needs.
What we do:
When a school has concerns about a pupil and thinks that it would be helpful to seek advice and support from an Inclusion Practitioner, the school SENCo would initially have a conversation with their link educational psychologist. This would always be done with the full consent of the pupil’s parent/carer. If, after speaking with the link educational psychologist, it is agreed that the Inclusion Practitioner could provide the support needed, the link educational psychologist would submit a formal request.
Where appropriate, the first step of involvement involves arranging a visit to the school where the Inclusion Practitioner meets with the parent/carer, the pupil and the most appropriate member of the school staff. At this meeting a plan is agreed about how best the Inclusion Practitioner can help.
Inclusion Practitioners always work collaboratively with school staff, parents/carers and the pupil, and a record of all work carried out with the pupil is recorded and feedback is given at the review meeting.
Inclusion Practitioners provide support in a number of ways including:
• Providing advice and consultation to staff
• Advising on and providing resources and strategies to support pupils
• Contributing towards development of the support within a pupil’s Termly Support Plan
• Attending planning and review meetings
• Providing support through individual work or group work with pupils
• Developing and delivering bespoke training for staff (eg comic strip conversations).
Autism courses and seminars:
Inclusion Practitioners deliver a range of training courses and seminars to parent carers and other professionals. These include: Exploring Autism; Cygnet Packages; Understanding Autism; Managing Anger; and Sensory Needs. Training courses and seminars are advertised through the FISH and SENDIASS Bulletin.
Parent carers can recieve the FISH and SENDIASS bulletin once the family is registered on LOOK AHEAD. More information on LOOK AHEAD and how to register can be found by viewing the LOOK AHEAD page
on the Local Offer or by contacting SENDIASS on (01482) 396469.
If you are a proffessional wanting to register to recieve the updates via the FISH and SENDIASS bulletin please call the FISH team on (01482) 396469 to be added to the distribution list.
Current courses and seminars are also displayed on the News page
on the Local Offer.