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Larwood School

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In-reach Year One – An Overview

Since starting the tier 3 outreach service we have launched our very own in-reach service that began in January 2019 and was led by our Outreach lead Joe Scales and LASA mentor Lea Hipkin.

In that time we have created a LASA / LSA / TA intervention focused morning which utilised a number of our staff here at Larwood who were able to offer insightful, practical ideas and advice to adults who are supporting with children with SEMH difficulties. Creating this additional service saw colleagues from 25 schools across Stevenage and its surrounding villages attend one of our courses (every school in the area received an invite):

  • This resulted in 92% of those attending rating their understanding of individual needs for pupils with SEMH as much or vastly improving (the remaining 8% saw some improvement as a result of the morning).
  • 96% leaving with a much or vastly improvement range of strategies they could offer children in their setting (the remaining 4% saw some improvement as a result of the morning).
  • 76% heading back to their setting with the perception that they would see much or vast improvement in the behaviour of the children they support (the remaining 24% expected to see some improvement in their behaviour as a result of what they had learnt that morning).

The overall feedback from the in-reach service offered this year was overwhelmingly positive and attendees told us that moving forward:

They particularly valued:

  • Demonstrations, observations, sharing of knowledge, inspirational, insightful, environment, consistency, RRR, calmness, seeing it ‘live/1st hand’, ideas, chance to reflect and discuss strategies.

Believed that to further improve we could:

  • Continue the service; offer more opportunities, more shadowing, longer sessions, EYFS focus and examples of the paperwork used.

Suggestions for topics to cover in future courses were:

  • Confidence and self-esteem, younger years, behaviour focus, refusal, autism focus and timetabling.


The next stage of In-reach courses on offer is due to launch November 2021