Communication and Interaction

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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.


Communication & Interaction Team Remodelling Consultation


As you may all appreciate the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is impacting on all aspects of school life for students, parents, staff and wider professionals.
We will continue development planning during the remainder of this term and into the new academic year: 

  • Processing and responding to the consultation survey 
  • Planning for an Autumn term (October half term proposal) roll out of C&I advisory locality clinics (pending schools CV19 status, regulations and guidance )
  • 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 likely to remain a potential concern into the new academic? Virtual engagement may be the preferred option for many in the new ‘normal’?
  • All C&I referrals received this term continue to be processed fortnightly: 
    • Where specialist support identified, a team member has/will be in contact to arrange a visit (pending school RA’s and students attendance)
    • 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 a massive well done for continuing to provide a safe, engaging and enjoyable experience to your students during these very different and difficult times.  The enormous efforts and achievements by education during this period has been acknowledged widely across all agencies.

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 COVID-19 C&I webpage also contains many weekly themes that may be of benefit to your setting staff and parents/carers during these very different times, whilst many CYP remain at home.

We are also hosting a summer (July-Aug) Cygnet autism awareness programme for parents/carers, and for the very first time this is now available to those families with a child on the autism assessment pathway. Full details available here

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 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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