The ‘Team Around the Pupil Parent And Setting’ – TAPPAS is a group of professionals that supports schools and families in the wellbeing and additional learning needs of children and young people. The team includes an educational psychologist, specialist teacher, speech & language therapists, an occupational therapist, nursing and primary mental health workers and school counsellors.
The team of professionals attached to a cluster of schools is a revolving team who see the schools and families on a regular basis providing practical early help and support.
Key Principles of TAPPAS
Consultation and Planning
The consultation and planning meetings (TAPPAS 1) is key to raising aspirations and educational achievement for all pupils, including those with ALN. Termly TAPPAS school meetings provide the opportunity to identify areas where the school are stuck and require additional support to ensure the needs of the children and young people are met.
An annual meeting is held with the cluster head teachers and the inclusion service senior management team to discuss common themes emerging and to review the TAPPAS team to ensure it remains fit for purpose and where identified, to realign to meet the changing needs of ALN across the cluster of schools.
Cluster wide forums
Listed below are some of the activities that take place through the cluster wide forums (TAPPAS 2):
to develop a network for support staff and ALNCOs that provides professional development as well as sharing good practice
to facilitate drop-in surgeries and consultations for a range of agencies
to plan for the transition of Year 6 pupils at SA and SA+
to develop approaches for monitoring and evaluating outcomes for pupils with additional learning needs and considering future steps.
to consider common themes arising from Schools and families and provide bespoke support for professional development.
Cluster Wide Forums for Families
The Team around the Pupil Parent and Setting meet in each cluster of schools on a termly basis. The team of professionals:
provides a network for parents, facilitating peer to peer support.
facilitates consultations from the local team of Educational Psychologists, Therapists, Advisory Teachers and Parent Support Officers
upskill parents through advice, support and coaching from specialists and professionals
considers common themes arising from schools and families to support ongoing early help
What are the benefits for ALNCOs?
'As a new ALNCo it’s given me lots of confidence'.
'Loved having resources modelled for me'.
'It has been good to find out more about the work of different agencies'.
What are the benefits for families?
'Excellent service. So lovely to meet everyone. Great information.
'I feel supported and reassured'.
'Good to have chance to meet different professionals in one evening. Should have these sessions more often'.
Instead of always working with individual children and young people either in the context of an assessment or in the delivery of individual programmes, staff also assist schools and families to develop their skills and encourage the use of a wide range of useful resources. For most children and young people, it is recognised that their needs will be met in their Local Community School, it is therefore essential that schools and families feel supported and able to provide the right environment to do this. The teams are also there to identify those more complex youngsters whose needs require a more intense programme of support, through a package of specialist provision.