Introduction to Autism Outreach for Schools
What is Autism Outreach?
Autism Outreach for schools is a service commissioned by Surrey and delivered by staff based at some of Surrey’s specialist provisions. Our aim is to support mainstream schools to meet the needs of their autistic and neuro-diverse pupils or those undiagnosed but struggling in similar areas. We work with mainstream schools to promote inclusive whole school practice (universal support) as well as supporting staff working with individual pupils (targeted support).
Who Provides Autism Outreach?
The Autism Outreach service is commissioned by Surrey and is currently based at three specialist settings:
Freemantles School - Primary Schools in the West (Waverley, Guildford, Woking, Surrey Heath, Runnymede, Speltrone and west Elmbridge)
Woodlands School - Primary Schools in the East (Tandridge, Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead, east Elmbridge)
Limpsfield Grange - Secondary Schools
The outreach teams are made up of teachers and teaching assistants who have worked at our host schools. They have all had a range of training in autism-specific strategies and continue to access training and development opportunities, both with their host school and as a team. Many of our staff have experience working in both mainstream and special school settings.
What does Autism Outreach look like?
Who will be eligible for Targeted Autism Outreach?
We can accept referrals for school-age pupils who attend Surrey schools and academies. Independent schools, or those outside of the Surrey borders can access AOFS as a traded service. Most of the pupils that we support will have a diagnosis of autism, but some may not and a referral is still appropriate for pupils with similar needs, or those who are awaiting diagnosis.
How is Targeted Autism Outreach accessed?
Pupils must be referred by school staff, with parental permission. The Referral form can be found here: https://www.freeoutreach.org.uk/Referrals/
How is Universal Autism Outreach Accessed?
Click here for more information about our universal offer. Universal sessions can be booked through your link outreach teacher.
As part of the Outreach service, we welcome visitors to our school and the team are often visitors in others settings. We will act to ensure that all settings we work in are safe places for pupils, staff and other members of our community. If a parent/carer, or professional has concerns we will always listen to them and seek to address them.
However, abusive, threatening or violent behaviour will not be tolerated. If such behaviour occurs we will follow the procedures outlined in the Surrey County Council guidance – ‘Keeping Schools Safe’.