Communication and Interaction

Request for Access to Babcock LDP Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion Advisory Service

Communication & Interaction Team Remodelling Consultation

As you may all appreciate the current COVID-19 crisis is impacting on all aspects of school life for students, parents, staff and wider professionals.

We will continue development planning into next week by: 

  • Processing and responding to the consultation survey which many completed
  • Planning for a summer term roll out of C&I advisory locality clinics (pending schools re-opening)
  • Outlining the process and format of advisory locality clinics:
    • Venues/dates
    • Booking system
    • Expectation on staff attending (case evidence and preparation)
    • Reporting
  • Exploring audio/video options for remote guidance/advice access to advisory clinics as physical attendance and facilitation is highly unlikely into the summer term? 
  • All C&I referrals received this term have been processed:
    • Where specialist support identified, a team member has/will be in contact to arrange a visit (pending re-opening of schools).
    • Where targeted support identified, they are held for booking into our new proposed advisory clinics (letter sent to setting) 

We will provide these development updates:

  • Direct to SENCo email inboxes
  • Babcock LDP website

Thank you for your understanding during this phase, and massive well done for continuing to provide a safe, engaging and enjoyable experience to your students during these very different and difficult times.

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.

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

Kind regards, Paul


The Communication & Interaction (C&I) Team consists of highly qualified and experienced Advisory Teachers, 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 such as Cygnet and Robins. As a school-based service, direct involvement with parents/carers will be carried out in conjunction 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 third week 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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