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Kirklees Outreach Service (SEMH)

Kirklees SEMH Outreach support is delivered by the Ethos Academy Trust teaching and support staff, supporting in and in partnership with mainstream primary and secondary schools.

SEND review: Published 29 March 2022 (right support, right place, right time) Download / Information
  • Kirklees offer - Outreach Service (SEMH)+

    The Outreach Service is commissioned by Kirklees Council who have a commitment to children and young people with special educational needs being educated in their local mainstream school as far as possible, and as such strives to provide strong support for families, children and young people during their transition to and from their local school.

    Outreach staff work effectively with partners, including health & social care, to ensure early identification and ongoing assessment of children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs is in place as soon as possible. Experienced teachers offer advice to schools through our Outreach Advice portal and through Single Point Referral.

    The service also provides transition support through experienced Inclusion Workers for children who have been permanently excluded from school through the Fair Access Protocol.

    The support for our children, young people and families is part of Ethos Academy Trust continuum of SEMH provision.

    To be considered for Outreach Support please provide the following attachments to the SPR: Up to date MSP (or equivalent) clearly evidencing assessment of need, intervention strategies applied with at least one review, external agency reports, learning levels, pupil voice and parent voice.

    Single Point Referral Information

    For further information about the Outreach Service please contact swight@eat.uk.com

    For SPR Referral advice and support please contact kblakeley@eat.uk.com

  • SEMH Advice Line (email)+

    In order to support schools with early identification/assessment of SEN, Ethos Academy Trust offer an additional level of support to schools. Staff can share scenario’s regarding a child who they feel may have some SEMH needs that require some additional advice from a Trust SENCO in terms of referral through SPR, Outreach support or a turnaround placement. At this point, the information provided must remain anonymous.

    Information required: Year Group, SEN stage, MSP in place – Yes/No and evidence of the Graduated Approach (assessments taken, strategies and interventions applied with impact).

    If you require advice please contact Ethos Academy Trust through the following email address: outreach.advice@eat.uk.com

    For updates and advice regarding the Outreach Advice email portal please contact: Offsite Business Support Manager smaniar@eat.uk.com

    Please note: This will not replace the Single Point Referral (SPR) process but is intended to create a streamlined approach to enable schools to request early advice in the first instance prior to or as an alternative to an SPR or an exclusion.

    Ethos Academy Trust – Special Educational Needs Coordinators who manage this advice portal are listed below. One of the SENCO’s within the Trust will then contact you to discuss your advice request.

    Sue Wight (Outreach & early intervention based – Secondary)


    Helen Plaskitt (Outreach & early intervention Primary Reception – Y6)


    Marcus Farrington (Ethos College based – KS4 Provision & Medical)


    The SEMH Behaviour Indicator Tool is another way to screen for intervention strategies and links to useful resources.

  • SEMH Pilot (2020-21)+

    During the first two terms of 2020/21 a free pilot was offered to six schools across Kirklees, this involved three secondary schools and three primary schools. The aim was to reduce the permanent exclusion trend and increase the knowledge and offer around the graduated approach for SEMH within the pilot schools.

    SEMH Outreach Pilot Project Review

  • Outreach Impact Data 2020-21+
  • Transition Support - September 2021+

    The Ethos Academy Trust Outreach Team have developed an additional support system for pupils who have received Outreach support in the last academic year. Some learners could find the transition to secondary particularly challenging, this is more acute now following the pandemic. Simple but very effective elements to successful transition include:

    • Ensure that students experience success in their learning so they stay engaged in education.
    • Develop a culture that welcomes and supports all students, particularly vulnerable ones. Leaders are typically important in introducing a culture that accepts responsibility for meeting student needs and developing flexible and innovative responses to all students’ learning and wellbeing.
    • Identify vulnerable students before their entry into the secondary school, and as they transition between classes in a secondary school.
    • Have processes in place to monitor the wellbeing and progress of all students, especially vulnerable students. Make sure you are able to provide them with ongoing support in socio-emotional spheres.
    • Continue to offer support to students throughout the year not just in the initial weeks.
    • Adopt a responsive and solutions-oriented approach to working through issues of students not adjusting to their new school.

    For further information please download the document below. 

    Year 6 Transition Flyer final Amended

SEN Support - effective approaches from Outstanding schools Effective Approaches Resource
SEMH.co.uk - Behaviour Indicator Tool Use the Tool
Mentally Healthy Schools: Transition Toolkit Download

Get in Touch

Ethos Academy Trust

Field Hill Centre
Batley Field Hill
WF17 0BQ

Telephone01924 478 482


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