At St Nicholas School we have an outreach team who are experienced in working with pupils with a range of educational needs. The aim of outreach team at St Nicholas school is to support staff in mainstream schools to develop their understanding of ASD and SLD, and the skills necessary to support the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in mainstream settings. Our Staff team is extremely knowledgeable and we utilise the knowledge and skills of staff members in order to advise and support mainstream schools.

The visit and will usually consist of a classroom and playground observation. A discussion with the child or young person involved and consultation with key members of staff (i.e., SENCO, class teacher, Learning Support assistant) will take place where targets will be set.

We offer a variety of Outreach services, including support for individual pupils and bespoke training for school staff.

After making an initial referral we will contact you to make an assessment and offer advice and support.

To make a request for outreach please email the school

What to expect from St Nicholas School Outreach

  • a commitment to collaborative working
  • support Croydon’s local offer for SEND provision
  • To have a good knowledge of specialist knowledge/expertise in the particular need
  • Work effectively with different colleagues and recognise challenges
  • Agree expected outcomes/success criteria and timescales for work to take place
  • Evaluate work undertaken


Supporting outreach activities may include one or more of the following:

  • Advice on teaching approaches (communication/behaviour)
  • Advice on curriculum content and design
  • Advice on differentiation of the curriculum
  • Physical resources/equipment sharing/showcasing
  • Consultancy/modelling/coaching/work shadowing
  • Advice on programmes, resources and techniques
  • Risk assessments/ advice on safety

Receiving schools will:

  • Be clear about the purpose of the outreach request
  • Liaise with parents about the work being undertaken
  • Be committed to building whole school capacity
  • Evaluate work undertaken with outreach provider
  • Commit appropriate time and personnel to do the work
  • Provide key liaison person


Effective Outreach will:

  • Have a planned approach
  • Be time limited
  • Positively impact upon practice in schools
  • Positively impact on attainment and achievement of learners
  • Promote and support the inclusion of vulnerable learners
  • Build capacity in schools
  • Involve working with parents to implement new strategies