"Good communication systems between staff within a school are essential for the welfare of all pupils ……….. Pupils with autism are likely to be more vulnerable to gaps or flaws in the school’s communication system than others." Advanced training material for teachers
Poor communication can lead to inconsistency and inappropriate actions being taken. Staff need to understand the nature of the specific strategies to support a pupil with autism and the rationale behind these so that all staff interact with the pupil effectively. It is useful to have a list of how to help – what works and what doesn’t for an individual, especially when first working with a pupil.
To support effective communication across the school:
Practical ways in which information is shared: email, school intranet, pupil files, in service, CPD sessions, short profession dialogue sessions
Sharing Information with and between staff:
- Who are the individuals or groups of people in the school who need information?
- How much information does each of these groups need - Decision tree to provide ‘need to know’ indicators?
- How do staff new to the school or visiting staff access information – often most difficult situation for pupils with autism
- Are pupil supported in clubs /after school activities with appropriate information for staff
- Pupil passport or similar, including parents and pupils in decisions about sharing
- A lead person within school who co-ordinates and disseminates information
Role of support assistant often has most knowledge about the pupil.
How does the school pass information to parents?