Schools can make a ‘Request for Involvement’ and we telephone schools to explore the situation. If appropriate, we will meet with staff, the pupil and parents to make an assessment of the level and focus of need. We will provide advice to the staff or may suggest a formal referral, prior to an agreed information gathering process. The teaching team will respond by observing the pupil in school and the Parent Support Advisor will meet with Parents/ Carers to gather their views. An action planning meeting with the school and the family will follow, at which decisions will be made as to appropriate provision. The EMS team may work with staff to enhance their practice and might deliver a time-limited intervention working with a pupil who presents with particular needs. The Parent Support Advisor may work directly with the family in the home. A review is then held to decide whether further support is required and whether the school staff is better equipped to support the pupil themselves. This is known as ‘Outreach’ support.
We are also equipped to provide ‘In reach’ support on those occasions when more intensive work with a child is appropriate. This will involve the child, usually accompanied by an adult from their home school, joining us at Thirsk to work on a highly individualised program of support and development.
We work closely with other outreach services and EMS schools, including Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and MEA Hub schools for children with English as an additional language. We also engage in partnership with relevant external agencies i.e CAMHS (Children and Adolescent's Mental Health Services), Educational Psychologists, Speech And Language, to name but a few