ABA In Schools SIG

Mission:

The ABA In Schools SIG aims to be a group that promotes the development of high standards of practise in the application of behaviour analytic principles in schools in the UK.  Our mission includes

  • Promoting acceptance, knowledge and understanding of behaviour analytic approaches within a school context
  • Supporting existing and emerging schools and units
  • Sharing information innovation
  • Promoting and generating new research
  • Contributing to the development of standards for ABA service delivery and accreditation, where possible

Specific Aims:

Our mission links directly with the mission and objectives of UK-SBA. We will show this support through our focus on

  • Promoting the recognition of behaviour analysis as a scientific approach in schools settings
  • Contributing to the development standards in education, training and experience in the principles, practice and skills of behaviour analysis
  • Communicating and sharing information about behaviour analysis to other educational providers
  • Promoting and generating new research

For more information:

Please contact the Chair of the ABA In Schools SIG, Andrew Swartfigure at ABASchoolsSIG@uk-sba.org

The Vision

The ABA In Schools Forum aims to be:

An association that promotes the development of high standards of practise in the application of behaviour analytic principles in schools in the UK.

The ABA In Schools Forum has been meeting regularly since 2004. It was originally set up as a forum for independent ABA schools to share information as the schools were growing. The aim was to share useful information as the schools developed and to support emerging schools. It has been a valuable resource and is still a regular point of contact for the established ABA schools.

In the last couple of years there has been a significant change in the education landscape that we all operate in. We have seen an increase in the number of Free Schools, offering education for those affected by autism, and recruiting BCBAs to support their curriculum delivery. We have ABA consultants working in both mainstream and special schools to give advice to teachers in their support of pupils with autism. We have units attached to mainstream and special schools where there is an emphasis on behaviour analysis with BCBAs recruited to work with their teaching teams.

The schools forum aims to be inclusive and plans to organise regular meetings for

  • CEOs & Leaders working in all settings – to discuss strategy and school development
  • ABA Practitioners working in all settings – to discuss best practice, training opportunities and to share research
  • Allied Health professionals working in all settings – to share experiences and best practice in ABA schools and working alongside Behaviour Analysts.

The ABA In Schools Forum has recently become a Special Interest Group (SIG) as part of the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis and aims to support the Society in its mission by:

  • Promoting the recognition of behaviour analysis as a scientific approach in schools settings
  • Contributing to the development standards in education, training and experience in the principles, practice and skills of behaviour analysis
  • Communicating and sharing information about behaviour analysis to other educational providers
  • Promoting and generating new research

 

Updates:

- Last meeting held 06/10/16 at TreeHouse School

- Highlights of items covered:

Standards for Behaviour Analytical practice in Schools and other provisions

Workshop on the importance of play and leisure skills in any curriculum and how to do this.

 

Focus for the next 12 months:

- Heads of Service will be focussing on:

The current climate regarding commissioning services and funding

Links between our services

Multi Disciplinary Teams in schools and how they can work together using Behaviour Analysis from a strategic perspective

 

-Practitioner group

Multi Disciplinary Teams in schools and how they can work together using Behaviour Analysis

Sharing evidence based practice through data

 

Next meeting date:

9th February 2017- Rainbow School, Wandsworth

            1230- 1430: Heads of Service meeting

            1500- 1600: Supervision CEU

            1615- 1800: Practitioners meeting

 

Annual Review to September 2016

Current membership status:

The SIG currently has ten Schools that have ABA practices within them. The group contains both ABA School provisions as well as schools that use ABA methodology within their existing provisions. We have schools from across maintained and non- maintained sectors.

The SIG also contains practitioners that work in multiple schools within a local authorities.

We welcome applications to the SIG from all those that are able to contribute to our goals and mission statement.

Actions over the last 12 months:

-  We have established three meetings per academic year.

-  We have arranged the SIG to have a whole group focus once per academic year.

-  We have  Practitioners groups (Behaviour Analysts and Allied Health Professionals)

-  We have a Heads of Service group

-  SIG has had one CEU event, hosted and delivered by Jigsaw School

-  We have established a core group for the SIG and that five schools are required per meeting to make it quorate.

-  We currently have a chair for the SIG. There are no other current terms of reference, although this may change in the future.

Achievements over the last 12 months:

-  We have adjusted the name of the group from ABA Schools Forum to ABA in Schools Forum. This was due to feedback that professionals working in schools felt that the SIG was only for ABA Schools.

-  The adjustment in the name has increased interest in the SIG and increased the diversity and amount membership to the group.

-  The SIG identified the areas that are important to the development of Behaviour Analysis in education which include but are not limited to:

  • Communicating effectively during inspection
  • The involvement of the Governing Body in schools
  • Research (e.g. as to effectiveness of ABA in terms of progress), possible webinars or literature reviews
  • How to establish effective ABA practice within schools, including on our experiences of local authorities in relation to funding, and the Tribunal process
  • Year 14s transitioning away & EHCP processes for them (re: SaLT & OT reports, especially where contracted by LA or NHS)
  • What ABA in Schools looks like and how to implement this in other settings
  • Good practice around training, pupil monitoring (progress, research, problem-solving)
  • Effective recruitment to specialised roles such as ABA tutors, AHPs and developing career pathways within ABA
  • Sharing ideas and problem solving, e.g. for BCBA in non-ABA school or where ABA is not top-down