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Staff Training and Skills

All staff have training to develop their skills for working with pupils with special needs. We understand how important it is that staff have all the skills they need and are always developing those skills, We also keep up to date with new developments.

This is some of the training realted to pupils and their learning:

Induction training

All new staff attend all our comprehensive induction training programme. We are pleased that many staff join us with a great deal of experience - and they still do the induction training to enusre they work to our standards.

The induction training covers:

TEACHH - structured teaching - taeaching strategies based on the learning characteristics of individuals with ASD, including strengths in visual information processing

SCERTS - educational model for working with children with ASD, based around Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Support

Sensory Integration and Sensory room: learning to support children who have difficulty processing information received through their senses.

Off-Site working: how to safely take pupils into the community.

Intensive Interaction: an approach for helping people with learning disabilities or autism who are at early levels of development.

Colourful Semantics and PECs:  structured methods of symbol communication

Attention Autism:  a highly motivating and creative approach to building attention and early communication skills through four stages of development.

Personal Care: how to safely and respectfully carry out personal care, taking into account the coletex needs of our pupils. 

Behaviour strategies including our 5P plans.

Essex Steps: behaviour management using Essex Steps (6 hours)

PMLD / AAC training: learning about the care and learning of pupils with profound learning diffculties. 
Social stories and comic strip conversation: communicating with pupils in a structred and visual way.

ASD introduction Understanding autism.

Makaton signing - introduction to Makaton signing.

Manual Handling: how to safely move pupils who require support with moving and how to use equipment.

Specialised Training

Staff are trained in various skills according to pupils' needs.


Staff are trained and become skilled in various teaching skills relating to special needs, examples are: communication techniques (PECS, TEACCH).

Admistering medical support

Training is given by medical professionals and is based on each pupil's needs (eg: for allegies/epipen, epilepsy) 

Physio/O.T. equipment

Using speicalised equipment  (eg: standing frames) and following programmes of work.

Other training

Staff are learning and develop skills and knowledge all the time by reading and researching and then sharing this knowledge with others. It is from this learning that many new and useful initiatives have started, (eg: Zones of Regulation) 

There are ad-hoc training sessions for teachers and TAs throughout the year at the school, for example well-being, life-guarding.

The most significant learning for teachers and TAs is learning frm each other and spreads good practice through the school.

Sharing practice

We share our practice and knowledge with other schools through various sessions, where we learn from them and vice versa. 

Training other schools

Oak View staff train other schools' staff in autism practice.

First Aid

Approixmately 30 staff are trained pediatric first aiders or first aiders.


All staff attend safeguarding training every year. In addition, three staff (head and the two assisstant heads, are trained at level 3. We ensure there is always at least one level 3 trained staff at school at all times. 

  • ‘very impressed with the school’s clear sense of purpose in preparing its students for life after school. ’

    ASD report Dec 2017

  • ‘Pupils' relationships with adults are excellent, and they learn respect and appropriate behaviour from the staff. Pupils are accepting of each other’s varying needs, and show pleasure in each other’s successes.’

    Ofsted report


  • Autism friendly shopping hour at Morrisons (@morrisons) supermarket - every Sat morning, 9 to 10. Dim lights, no music, avoid using the tannoy and turn check-out beeps.

  • Thank you to all the people who made the music festival a success. Thank you to: the mayor, Stephen Murray, who opened the event; all the parents and friends who gave us so much time and effort. More 'thank you's to follow! Photos on the website

  • @eefnews @MurrayEFDC A big thank you to Stephen Murray for supporting @OakViewSchool on Saturday at our music festival. he gave a lot of time and talked to many staff, parents and carers, and pupils. Thank you.

  • Getting ready for music festival tomorrow (14th). England WC game will be shown in the hall. We have lots of cold drinks and ice!

  • Great sports day for lower school (morning) and upper/middle (afternoon).

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