Communication and Interaction

primary school buildingFor the most current and up-to-date information relating to COVID-19 and support for schools and settings during the wider re-opening phase, please visit our COVID-19 webpage. Any COVID-19 resources on our team pages are still relevant and useful but are more general or relate to earlier phases of lockdown and partial school closures. Many of our general resources will also be useful at this time.

Specific Communication & Interaction team CV19 supporting weekly theme resources can be found at:


Communication and Interaction (C&I) Advisory Clinics – Spring term 2021 launch (Nov 2020 update)

As you may all appreciate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact on all aspects of school life for students, parents, staff and wider professionals. Thank you for your understanding during this ongoing period and the challenges presented, and a huge well done for continuing to provide a safe, engaging and enjoyable experience to your students as they returned to settings and experience the unfamiliar…..familiar.

The enormous efforts and achievements by education during this period has been acknowledged widely across all agencies.

Following consultation, Autumn term pilot and review we are finally ready to launch our much anticipated and promised C&I Advisory clinics. Thank you for your positive engagement and feedback to date, which as hoped has brought many benefits to all parties.

Appointments will be hosted via Microsoft TEAMs (video enabled).
1 hour appointments will available at (9.15, 10.45, 12.15, 2.15, 3.45)
C&I Advisory staff will be in attendance to support where Communication & Interaction (Autism and/or Speech Language and Communication Needs) have been identified as the Primary Need requiring advice/guidance.
Virtual clinics will be held weekly throughout the Spring term in 4 virtual localities for school based staff (NOT families).

Request for Access (RfA) formal referrals from School settings to the C&I team will cease from Dec 1st 2020 as this new model is adopted.

Request for Access (RfA) formal referrals from Early Years settings to the C&I team will continue as the Early Years engagement pathway continues to be explored with our other partners (Early Years team, Nursary Plus and Early Years complex needs team).

Please see the attached document for:

  • Full clinic model details (available dates and booking contact details)
  • Parent/carer consent form (which must be completed and returned ahead of clinic attendance)

Find the document here >>>

Our team of C&I advisory staff remain fully available for contact during this period, so please don’t hesitate to contact them should you need guidance/advice to best support your students and families.

Our CV19 C&I webpage also contains many weekly themes and resources that may be of benefit to your setting staff and parents/carers during these very different times, whilst many CYP adjust to changing expectations:

If I can provide any further guidance/advice at this stage, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Paul Lamanna

Professional Lead for Communication & Interaction


(C&I) Advisory Clinics Information and Consent Form

Autism Education Trust - Schools Programme

Face-to-face training programmes and practical resources for practitioners and those working in mainstream and specialist schools. 

Autism Education Trust - Post 16 Programme

Face-to-face programmes and practical resourses for practitioners working in post 16 settings, including college, school sixth forms and universities.

Autism Education Trust - Early Years Programme

Face-to-face training programmes and practical resources for practitioners working in early years settings.

SLCN (Speech, Language & Communication Needs) - Training programmes

A suite of modules available face to face or virtual training programmes and practical resources for practitioners and those working in mainstream and specialist schools.

The Communication & Interaction (C&I) Team consists of highly qualified and experienced Advisory Teachers, a Speech and Language Therapist, a Pre-5 Autism Specialist and Specialist Support Assistants. We offer support, advice and guidance for children and young people where Autism and/or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) is the primary need.

Who do we work with?

We work in partnership with educational settings from 0-25, as well as individual children and their families. Where possible this is in partnership with other agencies in education, health and social care.

What do we do?

We enable settings to provide best practice in educational provision for pupils with Autism and SLCN, including:

  • high quality teaching
  • targeted group interventions
  • individualised learning

We enable staff to meet the needs of pupils through whole-school development, consultancy and training. In collaboration with schools and other professionals, we support parents/carers through parent programmes for both Autism and Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Direct engagement with parents/carers is always facilitated in partnership with school staff.

How do I access the service?

The Communication and Interaction Team considers referrals directly from schools and settings, which are processed centrally. A referrals meeting is held every two weeks during term time. Once a referral is accepted, an Advisory Teacher will be allocated and make contact with key professionals within the setting. The referral form is available to download at the top of this page.

The AET is a partnership of a wide range of individuals and organisations focused on improving the education of children and young people with autism from the voluntary, public and private sectors. It also actively engages with young people, parents/carers and practitioners to inform its work.

The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations.  Working together they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.
Our service is based on evidence based standards and frameworks commissioned by the Communication Trust.

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