Indirect support (supporting the school)

We aim to ensure:

  • communication needs are not a barrier to learning
  • staff are trained and confident in supporting communication needs in the classroom
  • the school is communication rich and inclusive of young people with communication needs

Indirect support means helping staff in school, and you as parents and carers. We want to ensure the best outcomes for your child, without communication being a barrier.

Indirect support is essential. It ensures the skills your child learns with direct support can be used and applied in all contexts.

We do this by:

  • working with parents and carers
  • offering staff training
  • working on the whole-school strategy to develop access to the curriculum
  • developing the whole school understanding of speech, language and communication needs
  • working directly with adults who support the child. This could be through modelling strategies, coaching or joint planning
  • transition planning for the year ahead
  • contributing to Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) reviews
  • liaising with many other agencies
  • referring to another team for Augmentative and Alternative Communication AAC equipment
  • providing links to resources and strategies
  • supporting transitions between schools
  • co-ordinating, leading or contributing to child-centred strategy meetings