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Children and Young People

Swindon Portage

What do we offer?

This service is open to any school that is receiving a child that is known to the Portage service within Swindon. We can provide inclusion into school for children who have received Portage home teaching, providing training and support to the school staff to enable successful inclusion. Portage staff will have worked with the child and their family for up to 3-4 years and in some cases may have acted as the child’s lead professional. This means that they have a wealth of knowledge and experience in relation to how the child learns best and will be able to provide strategies to enable learning and for the child to meet their individual goals.  

Why choose us?

Working as part the Integrated Team for disabled children at Salt Way Centre and the wider early year’s work force, means we are well placed to access advice and support that would aid both the child and school. The team consists of qualified and experienced staff in Early Years, Special needs and disabilities and we can deliver Portage basic workshop, Signalong and The Early Bird (+) for parents of children with autism.

What is provided free?

Prior to a child starting school or academy the Portage teacher begins liaison with the child’s designated school, arranging visits so that contact can be made between home and school, visiting the school with the child regularly to familiarise them with the school layout in the summer term and sharing information with the relevant school staff .

What is chargeable?

Inclusion into School

Portage staff will visit the school weekly in term 1 maintaining regular contact with parents to ensure transfer into school is successful. This will move to monthly visits from term 2 ending in term 4. Portage staff can provide a range of support including:

  • individual work sessions with the child in the classroom

  • discussion and planning with teaching staff

  • assistance with base lining 

  • IPP/ IEP’s.  

In addition the Portage teacher will arrange 5 hours of training to meet the needs of the school staff.

Staff training

Training can be provided to primary schools enabling successful inclusion to school for all children with additional needs. We can provide a range of training to individual schools and staff to meet their PPD requirements.

How the service can be provided/length of agreement

These services will be delivered between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021.

Ad hoc Training - this service is delivered on demand, and will be arranged by the service Manager to suit your needs. 

Inclusion into School package
Weekly visits September - October term 1
Monthly visits October - April terms 2/3/4
Training delivered in arrangement with Portage teacher during this period.


Contact Point

Stephanie Hathaway, Manager, Swindon Portage
Telephone:   01793 465360