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Outreach Services for Children and Young People with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD).

From 1st September 2018, for academic year 2018-19, Liverpool City Council has commissioned Millstead School, Princes School, Palmerston School and Redbridge High School to deliver citywide outreach services.  Services will provide support for maintained early years and maintained mainstream schools with children and young people on roll, aged 2-16 years, with at least 1 of the following diagnosed needs: 

  • Severe learning difficulties (SLD).
  • SLD and a diagnosis of autistic spectrum conditions and behaviour that challenges.
  • SLD and complex physical health needs.
  • Profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). 

The objectives of the service are to:

  • Build the skills, capacity and confidence of staff.
  • Maintain the child or young person’s placement in their current maintained mainstream educational setting.
  • Maintain and/or increase the child or young person’s attendance.
  • Improve the child or young person’s social and educational outcomes described in their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or identified by an Educational Psychologist, specialist teacher or appropriate health professional.
  • Support maintained mainstream early years settings and maintained mainstream schools with the annual review process. 

Referrals will be managed by the Commissioner for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and can be made by: 

  1. The Head teacher or SENCO of a mainstream educational setting (in consultation with local authority practitioners) for children and young people on roll who are receiving SEN Support with at least 1 area of need described above.
  2. Education Officers (in consultation with local authority practitioners) supporting children and young people with an EHCP with at least 1 area of need described above. 
  • Princes and Millstead Schools will support educational settings with children on roll up to year 4, and Palmerston School and Redbridge High Schools will support educational settings with children and young people on roll in years 5-11.
  • In the event that there are more referrals for younger children, Palmerston School and Redbridge High School will support children and young people from years 3-11.
  • Referrals will be added to a waiting list if the number of referrals exceed the capacity of the commissioned schools.