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Outreach Support Service in Mainstream Education (OSSME)

Outreach Support Service in Mainstream Education (OSSME) is part of Autism Initiatives and is a specialist outreach education support service commissioned by mainstream and specialist schools, colleges, universities, families, the Local Authority and other professionals. We have a sound knowledge of SEND Code of Practice and adhere to the principles underpinning it;


  • OSSME has person centered service models to support children and young people (CYP) with SEND, aged  3 and 25 years;  working in partnership and consultation with families,  professionals and the CYP to ensure high aspirations and improve outcomes for the CYP. Families and the CYP are involved in each stage of support from planning, monitoring progress to evaluations and next steps, whether they are in school or in specific circumstances outlined in the SEND Code of Practice. E.g. social care, excluded or at risk of exclusion from education, alternative education.
  • OSSME’s personalised support, within the 5 Point Star Framework (AI’s strength based support model.), ensures that information about the CYP’s learning and cognition, communication and interaction, social, emotional and mental health and sensory and/or physical needs are supported correctly (SEND CoP).
  • School SENCos are expected to make sure that CYP learn and make progress. They are expected to explore information from families, CYP, teacher/formalised assessment, and advice from external support services if a CYP isn’t making progress or achieving their academic potential. LA’s expect schools to look at quality first teaching and include strategies / programmes/ interventions to break down barriers to learning. OSSME work with schools, families, the CYP and other professionals to ensure that assessments are formative and approaches are graduated (assess, plan, do and review) and targeted with clear outcomes that are evidenced in every day practice. The outcomes of assessments inform possible changes in teaching practices, specific interventions, programmes, and personalised targets. OSSME, school staff, the CYP and family regularly review targets; termly or preferably 6 weekly to ensure positive outcomes.
  • OSSME facilitates activities between the CYP and their peers and will direct them to, and support them in, external activities within AI and the Local Offer. OSSME support families with personal budgets.

 Home Environment

OSSME empowers CYP and families with appropriate knowledge and skills through personalised training and modelling of good practice. Personalised programmes (e.g. social anxiety, puberty), interventions (e.g. transitions, social competence groups, sibling groups, life skills) and strategies (e.g. for organisation, choice making) would be selected after assessing the child and young person’s prime need. The assessment includes what is motivating the child/young person, how they understand the world around them and how they communicate, relevant to their SEND, age, ability, thinking, cognitive ability, preferred learning styles and aspirations. Assessments include observations of the child/young person’s in their home environment. Information is also gathered at meetings with school, family and other professionals and a meeting with the child/young person.


OSSME will use a combination of some of the programmes, interventions and strategies which they have been highly trained and experienced in delivering and provide resources to supplement them;

  • Social Enterprise
  • Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations
  • Draw and write
  • 5 Point Star
  • 3rd person approach.
  • Role play
  • Mind maps
  • Visualisation
  • Play and interaction
  • Socialisation in Practice sessions – with school staff
  • Sensory menus
  • Personalised support packages such as puberty/sexuality, stress and anxiety, Diagnosis explanation, friendships, personal hygiene
  • Peers support – assemblies, tutor and small groups
  • Girls on the spectrum
  • Exams/revision
  • Curriculum differentiation
  • Communication aids
  • Transition packages – holidays, year group, class, school, college, university, work, adult services.
  • Complimentary education support
    • Positive behaviour support
      • Therapeutic support involving a combination of known interventions such as CBT, solution focus, mindfulness and transactional analysis. 






Who to contact

Contact Name
Sharon Williams
Contact Position

Other Information

Risk of exclusion

Out of school

Family support

School support

Alternative educations

Therapeutic service


Where to go

The Cedars
Bridle Way
L30 4UA

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 9 to 5pm (We can work outside of these hours when required)

Other Details


Please contact provider for cost details.


Referral Details

Children and young people with autism and co-morbid conditions, aged with 3years to 25 years, and their families.


Local Offer