Outreach

The Bridge Outreach is a well-established team of specialists supporting the inclusion of school aged pupils (3 – 19) with autism, Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) or Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) in mainstream settings.

What We Do

How Our Service Works

  • Schools refer pupils to the Outreach Service with parental consent
  • Outreach staff may observe the pupil and meet with key school staff to identify priority needs and plan support accordingly
  • Schools receive written recommendation/resources
  • Outreach staff monitor pupils’ progress and provide ongoing support

We can advise on

Inclusive classroom practice, Curriculum Differentiation, Behaviour, Communication, Social Skills, Understanding diagnosis, Transition

The Bridge Outreach is a service to schools and as such does not work directly with parents/carers

  • Parents/Carers are given a leaflet explaining the work of the service and permission is always obtained before a pupil is seen or discussed
  • When individual pupil reports are written (e.g. following an observation), schools will share them with parents/carers
  • We meet parents/carers at school-based meetings

Outreach Information

Safeguarding

The Bridge London School is uncompromising in its commitment to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; all staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

Successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS disclosure.


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Training and CPD

Each Islington school is entitled to choose two free training sessions per year at a date that suits them. We can deliver training during INSET days, as twilight sessions or during the school day. Our training can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual schools. We highly recommend that schools allocate at least 90 minutes per training session.

For Staff

  • Autism Education Trust (AET) Tier 1 – Introduction to autism
  • Autism and the Early Years
  • Autism and Classroom Strategies
  • Autism and Challenging Behaviour
  • Autism and Sensory Needs
  • Autism and Playtime
  • Autism and Girls

For Students

  • Autism Peer Awareness. A whole class 3 to 5-week programme for pupils in Y4, Y5 and Y6
  • ‘Getting Back to Green’.  A whole class emotional regulation programme for Primary schools
  • Autism Awareness assemblies for Secondary schools
  • ‘The Buddy Project’ A peer inclusion programme for Secondary schools

Webinars

Please visit our Vimeo page to access the following training:

  • Introduction to autism
  • Autism and classroom strategies for Primary School
  • Strategies for Secondary School
  • Getting Back to Green – whole class emotional regulation programme

Our Team

We are a team of Senior Teachers and a Senior Teaching Assistant who have many years of experience and expertise in working with pupils with autism/SLD/PMLD. We liaise and co-operate with all other Islington based Education, Health and Care professionals.

We support staff in developing their understanding of autism, SLD and PMLD and their skills in meeting the needs of pupils with SEN in mainstream settings.

Head of Outreach

Daniele Borghi [MEd in Inclusive and Special Education, GrDip (Psych), QTS, BA (Hons) in Educational Sciences] is a teacher and the team leader of The Bridge Outreach Service. 

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Head of Outreach

Menita Sekhon (BA History and Geography, BEd, QTS) is a SEND Teacher and part-time team member for The Bridge Outreach Service.

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Lead Advisory Special Need Professional

Sarah Tyce is a Lead Special Needs Professional and has worked at The Bridge School for 22 years. She has worked with a wide spectrum of pupils with Autism from ages 2-19.

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