Emily Rubin, one of the co-founders of SCERTS an assessment and intervention framework, has been working with Somerset colleagues across Education, Health and Care to understand, implement and embed this model. She has also provided support sessions for parent carers explaining SCERTS in action and how it can benefit their children.
What is SCERTS and how does it work?
SCERTS is an evidence-based framework that provides guidelines for helping an individual confidently and competently connect to others in ways that are meaningful to them. Its focus is to create a positive environment for young people who are autistic or have social, emotional and mental health differences.
Guidelines are provided to enhance a learner’s active engagement. The model is designed to provide guidance for helping children to progress and provide families and schools with help to feel successful in supporting the child.
SCERTS helps families together with colleagues in Education, Health and Care to collaborate in a carefully coordinated manner.
SCERTS in action in Somerset
We have 11 SCERTS Pathfinder Schools in Somerset, who are as follows:
- Holway Park Community School, Taunton: Lucinda Hall SENDCo firstname.lastname@example.org
- Walton CofE Primary School, Taunton: Katherine Cooper email@example.com
- Trull CofE Primary School, Trull CofE Primary School, Taunton: Rachel Cerullo firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wembdon St George’s Church School, Bridgwater: Anne Bulley, SENDCO email@example.com
- Burnham Infant School, Burnham-on-Sea: Carly Hatch firstname.lastname@example.org
- St Andrews CofE Junior School, Burnham-on-Sea: Tamsin Thomson SENDCo email@example.com
- Cheddar First School, Cheddar: Suzi Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hindhayes Infants School, Street: Kate Nester, headteacher email@example.com
- Croscombe Primary School, Wells: Tracy Massey, Autism and Communication Advisory Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
- Birchfield Community Primary School, Yeovil: Verity Walker, SENDCo email@example.com
- Ashlands CofE Primary School, Crewkerne: Kay Dawson SENDCo firstname.lastname@example.org
Their work is celebrated in the following video. The video below has been created by Emily Rubin, SCERTS co-author, with Somerset SCERTS Pathfinder Schools, Access to Inclusion Advisory Teachers and the Educational Psychology Service. It shares the ethos and impact of implementing the SCERTS framework with neurodiverse children and young people.
Please also refer to the SCERTS Training Video slides
If your school has completed the SCERTS training and would like support from one of the Pathfinder Schools, please to reach out to a school within your partnership area.
You can find out more information about booking future training on the SSE website for professionals. Training is FREE to the Somerset workforce and education settings.
SCERTS Three-day course, delivered virtually by Emily Rubin and Amy Laurent:
- Day 1 – 27 November 2023 9am – 3pm
- Day 2 – 11 December 2023 9am – 3pm
- Day 3 – 15 January 2024 9am – 3pm
Reflective Practice Sessions, for all schools who have completed Day 1 and Day 2 training days:
- 17 January 2024 1pm – 4pm
- 19 February 2024 1pm – 4pm
- 26 March 2024 1pm – 4pm
One Day training SCERTS for Secondary Students (open to Somerset Local Authority and NHS Staff only, we encourage all our middle and secondary schools as well as special schools to attend), delivered by Amy Laurent, SCERTS co-founder:
- 20 March 2024 9am – 3pm
Sessions for parent carers are always listed on the Local Offer events calendar.