Multi Agency Support
At Brentwood we work in partnership with a wide range of services to meet the individual needs of our students. Multi–agency professionals regularly support school to assess, observe, deliver therapy and share information. Close liaison with specialists ensures that we are able to provide best practice for our students. Where appropriate, multi-agency professionals contribute to Annual Reviews and Child In Need meetings. Our work with social workers and professionals from social care and health, is pivotal in providing holistic care for students.
Agencies working at Brentwood School
We have a school nurse who supports and provides training to staff to meet students’ medical needs. The school nurse arranges regular clinics in school, led by specialist Doctors.
School work in partnership with an independent Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT) who assesses students' needs and advises school staff on any interventions required. School employ a SaLT Assistant, who works at school daily, working collaboratively with class teams to set and review challenging IEP targets, in addition to group and individual therapy sessions. The feeding/dysphagia specialist advises staff about students with eating and drinking difficulties.
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
The physiotherapist and physiotherapy assistant work 2 days a week to deliver physiotherapy as outlined on a student’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). These sessions include gross motor work, blocks of hydrotherapy, setting and reviewing individual programmes for staff to implement throughout the day. Physiotherapists advise staff on postural support and positioning and the use of specialist equipment. Additionally, the occupational therapist (OT) assesses students and gives advice regarding specialist equipment and furniture.
We work with both the visually impaired (VI) and hearing impaired (HI) services for who support our students by advising and making necessary adaptations and adjustments.
Brentwood commission a Specialised Sensory Integration Practitioner (SSIP) to work collaboratively with class teams to observe the sensory needs of students with autism. A sensory profile is written with recommendations of specialist sensory equipment and modifications to the environment to allow students to have their needs met and be able to access the curriculum. Brentwood have worked with the SSIP for many years, and staff have benefitted from internal and external bespoke sensory integration training. The SSIP was instrumental in the design of our specialist soft play room to ensure it provided optimal opportunities for students to self-regulate.
We are excited to have newly formed Sensory Champions across both College and School to work in conjunction with the SSIP to support all staff to produce sensory passports for students with autism. The impact of training and collaborative working is evident in our daily practice and as a result students sensory needs are very well met which enables students to fully access teaching and learning.
‘Sensory and the curriculum are very fluid, linking seamlessly to ensure a balance of effective teaching and learning, and balanced sensory input. Staff are fully aware of learner sensory deficits and behaviours, and will direct learners to sensory activities to supplement their input at time of need.’(Autism Accreditation, 2016)
Healthy Young Minds
We work with Healthy Young Minds (formerly CAMHS) who provide early intervention and advice for students with mental health difficulties. Our Parent Support Advisor works alongside to support the families/carers.
The Educational Psychologist (EP) assesses student’s cognitive, behaviour, social, emotional needs when school and families have concerns. The EP provides advice and recommendations to the school following observation and assessment.
Connexions provide independent advice and guidance to young people aged 13-25 years. They attend annual reviews from Year 12 onwards and discuss future options with students and parents/carers. Connexions liaise closely with school staff, college providers and other relevant organisations such as social and health workers.