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Autism Communication Team


Available to: All Mainstream Schools and Academy Schools

As follows: Annual Agreement — Financial Year 2019/20

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Contact: Lianne Morewood

Telephone: 01709 336413


Service description

The Autism Communication Team (ACT) is part of the Inclusion Support Service within the Inclusion Department. All ACT activities relate to:

  • the national and local drive to promote inclusion of all children within their mainstream neighbourhood school
  • raising attainment of all children
  • ensuring appropriate progress of children identified as having Special Educational Needs
  • equality of opportunity for all children, regardless of learning difficulties or disabilities
  • promoting a graduated response to need, in line with the SEND Code of Practice and Children & Families Bill
  • enabling and empowering schools to meet children's diverse learning needs

The team aims to enhance the educational opportunities of all children & young people who have needs relating to autism with a primary aim to support schools across all age phases in the development of systems and strategies, which will enable them to meet the needs of pupils with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.

The team offers support in self-assessment, observation, advice, practical strategies, training and demonstration of inclusive practice.

The Service promotes inclusive practice through consultancy and CPD to deliver its key priorities including:

  • Early Identification and Intervention
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Development of multi-agency work to best meet the needs of children and their families within the Borough
  • Development of Autism friendly environments and settings
  • Targeted support for pupils in Transition between schools and across Key Stages
  • Targeted Support for Schools in Challenging Circumstances

Support is offered to head teachers, SEN Governors, SEN Coordinators / Inclusion Managers, school staff, children, their parents/carers.

CPD is offered to individual schools, Multi Academy Trusts and Learning Communities across all Rotherham schools. Charges apply and include costs of planning, resources and organisation of training and targeted interventions.

Service details

Schools can purchase packages which include the following:

  • Support to develop best inclusive, equitable practice to raise attainment for all children
  • Provision of targeted CPD to champion these priorities
  • Support to raise attainment for all children, including those with identified communication and interaction needs
  • Support to the SENCO / Inclusion Manager to develop whole school provision and practice e.g. provision
  • Establishing / managing a graduated approach / effective deployment of resources
  • Support targeted intervention, matched to individual pupil / cohort need
  • Support to all adults working with children with communication and interaction needs, including those with autism
  • Advice to develop classroom practice around the needs of children on the Autism Spectrum
  • Advice to aid more focused target setting/intervention
  • Guidance on the use of measures using SCERTS, Autism Education Trust Progression Framework and PIVATS as an aid to target setting and assessment of individual needs
  • Guidance, monitoring and evaluation of provision made for children including advising and supporting their teachers, teaching assistants and parents/carers
  • The confidence of working with experienced ACT staff who have substantial experience and knowledge of working with children with Autism
  • Quality service committed to putting the needs of children first
  • Support for SENCO cluster / locality network meetings


In addition to the packages of support specified below, ACT is able to tailor support to meet the particular requirements of individual schools. (Option E allows you to specify the hours of support which would most effectively meet your school's needs).

Termly support contracts will be matched to individual school need, based on the menu of activities listed above.

Option 1 – (Package A) — £6760
120 hours - the equivalent of half a day support for 37 weeks of the year

Option 2 (Package B) — £3495
62 hours – the equivalent of half a day support each fortnight over 37 weeks of the year

Option 3 (Package C) — £2030
36 hours – the equivalent of 11 half days support (one visit per month)

Option 4 (Package D) — £1130
20 hours – the equivalent of six half day visits per year

Option 5 (Package E) — £285
5 hours – to complete a package of case work per pupil to include observation, pupil and parent views, meet with staff, advice report and attend review

Option 6 (Package F) — £57/62 per hour

Please use Option 6 if support packages A-E do not match your school's needs.

Please specify on your Buy Back form the number of hours support required for the coming year. This will be charged at £57 per hour. Should you choose to buy further hours through the school year in addition to options 1 to 6 above, these will be charged at £62 per hour.

See the Service Level Agreement