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Medina House Outreach

Our specialist outreach team includes Lisa Needs (lead Teacher), Cara Lamanna (Outreach Officer), Abi Brown (Outreach Assistant).

The aim of the service is to provide specialist advice and support to mainstream schools to supplement existing inclusive practice and build competence in school and ensure that parents feel more confident in the provision made for their children. The specialist advice and support provided will enable teachers in mainstream schools to feel confident in delivering effective interventions and quality teaching, ensuring that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum whilst their individual needs are met.

Support and advice offered includes;

  • Observation, discussion and advice.
  • Modelling of strategies and approaches.
  • Advice on curriculum differentiation signposting to appropriate resources.
  • General advice relating to inclusion and adjustments to the working environment.
  • Advice on using P-levels.
  • Advice on using visuals and timetables effectively.
  • Social stories and ELSA advice.
  • Loan of topic resources, and signposting to relevant websites.
  • Using apps on the IPad.
  • Advice on sensory integration.
  • Communicate in print training.
  • Makaton, communication and PECS training.
  • Advice on positive behaviour management.
  • Small group training workshops.
  • Whole staff training.
  • Bespoke training packages to support identified needs varies according to provider and may include, Independent working, Pre-writing skills, Pre-tutoring, Using sensory stories and packs.

A list of training can be found below.

As part of our specialist outreach service, we are offering a resource library, to enable schools and settings to effectively differentiate topics to meet the needs of the children. The best part is that there is no referral needed to access these resources, so everyone can benefit.  For more information please see outreach flyer, and outreach loan service catalogue.

You can download the catalogue from……..

This is a short list of the most popular websites in school. If you want something more specific then use Google and it will 9/10 find something you can use.

Downloadable resources, lesson plans and advice.

Free teaching resources are available and lesson plans worksheets, and teaching ideas.

Dozens of free activities for children 10 and under. Includes printable worksheets, colouring pages, puzzles and jigsaws. : This site includes downloadable social stories to support the implementation and understanding of school routines, for example: Arriving at school. Good touching at school. Group time rules.  This site holds a bank of social narratives that can be accessed to support children in school to understand concepts such as sharing, following school rules, and their feelings. The resources are available for download in PDF, PowerPoints and Word documents. special needs. This is an American site, but offers ideas and some downloads aimed at children with disabilities, and is a useful resource. : This website offers free Makaton downloads, and links to other information sites. In-depth information surrounding the Maybo training programmes available. (Picture Exchange Communication System). This website provides free downloads and information on implementing PECS as well as selling products to enhance communication experiences.  This website provides information on how and when to use see and learn programmes. See and Learn teaching programs support development in four key areas-speech, language and reading, number and memory skills. See and Learn teaching programs are developed and supported by internationally recognized experts at

Pre-school Level Games


Training on offer under the Specialist Outreach Service.

Our outreach service can offer support to schools for in class differentiation, along with ideas and advice on using visuals and resourcing classrooms to improve outcomes for pupils with SEN/additional needs.

Training information.

Small group training workshops:

Whole staff training: price dependent upon number of staff:

Network meetings: based in Medina House School. An opportunity to meet up and look at new resources, catch up on projects and share tips on working with pupils with additional needs and update!!  

Symbol resource packs: our speech and language assistant can make up symbol packs to support communication skills curriculum, topic and skills areas.

Bespoke training packages/Individually tailored packages to support the training needs of individual schools or groups of schools.

Practical workshops:

Understanding and working with the P levels

  • Why use the P levels? How to assess and show progression
  • Looking at recording small step progression: how to move pupils on
  • Practical examples of levelling work

How to use visuals effectively: working with visual approaches

  • How do visuals work? Why do we need them?
  • Resourcing a topic: examples of visual topic planning and activities
  • Should you stop using visuals? How to present visual information in a variety of forms.

Differentiation by resource: using resources to enable access to the curriculum

  • How resources can support differentiation
  • Matching resources to skills level
  • The importance of joint planning and recording progress

Maths and the P levels: visual and tactile resources to support developing maths skills.

  • Using the P level descriptors: matching activities to skills
  • Examples of resources that make an impact
  • Finding your pupils’ starting point.

Pre writing and fine motor skills: how to make a difference

  • How do writing skills develop?
  • Using a pre-writing/ fine motor skills checklist
  • Creating a resource bank of activities.

Developing and supporting independent working in pupils with additional needs

  • Avoiding over dependence: creating success based tasks
  • Using scaffolds and checklists effectively
  • Taking a risk: planning for next step progression

Pre –tutoring: setting up vocabulary and concepts for topics to support communication and literacy skills.

  • What is pre-tutoring and how can it work?
  • Finding and resourcing the right vocabulary and concepts
  • Recording progress and showing impact.

Making sensory story packs: developing engagement, attention and communication skills.  

  • Developing imaginative curiosity: how to make a story sensory!
  • Recording and noticing attention and engagement
  • How to tell a sensory story: practical examples

Personalising the curriculum for pupils with additional needs May

  • How to observe pupils and identify individual pathways
  • Recording progress for individual pupils
  • Making an individual resource bank.

Using Teacch type activities. (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children). Price on request

‘TEACCH developed the intervention approach called “Structured TEACCHing”, which is based on understanding the learning characteristics of individuals with autism and the use of visual supports to promote meaning and independence. TEACCH services are supported by empirical research, enriched by extensive clinical expertise, and notable for its flexible and individualized support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.’(TEACCH website 2015)

For more information on TEACCH please visit

Makaton Training. Price on request

‘Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.’(Makaton website 2015)

For more information on Makaton please visit

Maybo: Conflict management training.  Price on request.

Challenging and aggressive behaviour in educational settings can be common place, but the risks and consequences can be significantly reduced by giving staff a deeper understanding of the causes of conflict, and equipping them with the skills and knowledge to prevent and defuse situations….We have developed a range of training programmes that build on the skills and experience school staff already have, to give them greater confidence and simple strategies to reduce and manage problem behaviours. Maybo helps educators to meet their duty of care and regulatory requirements in a way that promotes positive values and relationships. ’ (Maybo website, 2015)

For more information on Maybo please visit,


Please find below links to the Outreach Referral form, Training and the Outreach Loan Catalogue:

IOW Outreach Referral form 2021


Outreach Loan Catalogue


How to book training:


Cara Lamanna:

Lisa Needs:



Or phone Medina House (01983) 522917 and ask for the Outreach team.

We look forward to working with you and are always open to suggestions for new workshops.



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