Elm Tree Holistic Outreach Service (ETHOS)

Mission Statement

To deliver a service designed specifically for the needs of the schools and children to promote opportunities for inclusion and learning.

Our commitment

To offer a professional, specialist and bespoke plan of outreach provision to schools in West Lancashire.

To design, implement and evaluate personalised interventions of support and/or training for children, teachers and families, in order to create a safe and positive understanding of behaviour and personal needs, promoting opportunities for inclusion and learning.


What We Can Offer

The Outreach Team can offer:

· Telephone Support

· Face to Face Support

· Modelling Good Practise

· 1:1 Intervention (Own school/Elm Tree)

· Assessment (SDQ, Boxall)

· Written Support Programmes

· Training for Teachers/Support Staff

· Access to Multi-Agencies

· Managed Moves (Champion Schools)

· Referral to Elm Tree (Via Panel)

Our Team 

Outreach Manager - Mrs R Cartwright

"I began working at Elm Tree in September 2010 as an independent school counsellor. I became employed on a part-time basis at Elm Tree in 2014 as a school counsellor. In 2016 I became Outreach manager with a new pilot, which was Elm Tree Holistic Outreach Service. 

Prior to working at Elm Tree I worked on behalf of the local authority as a School Counsellor, supporting social and emotional needs within both Primary and Secondary settings. 

In my personal life I am also the welfare officer for the largest grass roots football club in Lancashire, providing a safe and caring environment for all children to access football. This role has also allowed me to help support and contribute to Community Days at Elm Tree. 

As Outreach manager I have been proud to be part of a pilot project which has allowed me to work holistically with children, families and schools in order to meet their individual needs to reduce emotional trauma and permanent exclusions across West Lancashire.

Moving forward with the project after the initial twelve month trial, we are extremely happy to report 0 permanent exclusions within West Lancashire and the feedback from both families and schools is that our ETHOS has been invaluable and much needed."

Outreach Worker - Mr J Clare

"I began working at Elm Tree Primary School as an outreach worker in September 2016. Prior to joining Elm Tree Holistic Outreach Service, I worked for Children's Social Care in a central London borough and here in the northwest as a social worker.  I also have prior experience in education having worked as a class room assistant, as a school attendance improvement officer and  having completed a PGCE in secondary history. In addition I hold an undergraduate dual honors degree in History and International Politics.

As an outreach worker i have responsibilities for working alongside children and staff in school with a focus of preventing permanent exclusions. I also have responsibilities for delivering training to staff, last year this included  'Team Teach', Managing Challenging Behavior and Attachment."

Outreach Worker - Mrs D Hughes

"I began working at Elm Tree Primary School as an outreach worker in September 2016. Prior to joining Elm Tree Holistic Outreach Service, I've been employed in both mainstream and special needs settings for over 20 years. 17 years of which I was employed as Pastoral support at Woodland Community Primary. 

As an outreach worker i have responsibilities for working alongside children and staff in school with a focus of preventing permanent exclusions. I deliver behaviour training on behalf of Elm Tree to other schools, including Managing Challenging Behavior and Attachment.

I have also had a  big part to play in the last 12 months in helping to assist with the organisation of Community Days at Elm Tree." 

Downloads / Resources 

Please feel free to download any of our forms, just click the link below and the file will automatically download. Alternatively you can right click and select "Save Target As...".

ETHOS Pupil Referral Form

ETHOS Parent/Carer Views

ETHOS Pupil Views

Common Assessment Framework (CAF) - Blank

Team Around the Family (TAF) - Blank

Elm Tree Additional Support/Training Request

EP Request



We are a primary school close to Elm Tree. I attended a meeting to launch the pilot and immediately contacted the outreach team for much needed support for our school. The response to our need was excellent, with calls to our school, a visit to our school and the opportunity to visit Elm Tree School.

The dialogue was so supportive and positive. The message to the rest of the staff was a huge confidence boost as moral does take a massive knock when things at school can become critical.

Strategies presented were pro-active & tailored to what we required, not just generic support. As much as a mainstream school tries its best to meet the challenges presented with children that are diagnosed with ASD, you know that the outreach team are trained in that field & the support was welcomed & appropriate. It certainly felt that what we received is what was presented at the launch.

St James Catholic Primary School Skelmersdale
Headteacher - Mr D. Iliff 


Our involvement is still in it's infancy but we feel supported by the project and that there are cleaar lines of communication.  The Elm Tree staff clearly care about the children in our school and like us want the best for them.

Tarleton Community Primary School
Headteacher - Mr C.Upton 


It goes without saying that I certainly feel that the outreach programme has been a huge success already. The fact that 'getting to know the children' is the priority before work takes place is credit to you and the team. The inclusive nature of the project will hopefully lead to a more sustainable approach to behaviour management within West Lancs.

The INSET that you delivered inspired many conversations and staff have been using the observations and reflecting heavily on their practice within school.

 On a classroom level, Dawn and John have been excellent and have really contributed to the ethos that we true and create in school.

Little Digmoor Primary School
Headteacher - Dave Paton