Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (CLASS)


Schools, colleges and education settings can find information and resources, including links to DfE guidance to support provision during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Access  key information and resources to support East Sussex schools during the pandemic,  including  SEND-specific information and links to the latest DfE guidance.

6. Autism Resources

Guidance for the Autism Spectrum Diagnostic Pathway - SENCO role

It is important to note that the Autism Diagnostic Pathway is not a universal screening tool; only children who meet the threshold for assessment should be referred to the pathway.

Documents have been co-produced with parent/carers to support parent/carers to understand the different stages of the diagnostic pathway.

At the point of referring a child to a health professional to start the autism pathway assessment process, SENCOs must ensure they talk the parent/carer through the correct age pathway document and explain that they will move on to the pathway if their child meets the threshold for assessment. It is essential that the pathway document is shared in a face-to-face meeting with the parent/carer; it will be ineffective if posted or handed over without explanation.  Based on the family’s geographical location, the correct clinic leaflet should also be shared in this conversation about referring to the autism pathway assessment process.


First stage of the pathway:

Pathway documents should only be used as part of a face-to-face conversation, the documents for the start of the pathway are not published here but have been circulated to schools. There is a ‘Pre-school and Primary’ document and an ’11-18 birthday’ document. To request your copy please contact:

Clinic appointment leaflets:

These documents are designed to support parents to understand the different stages of the process.  For further information please go to Community Paediatrics – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust ( 

Visiting Bexhill Hospital

Visiting the Kipling Unit

Visiting Friston at EDGH

Post-diagnostic support information (to share with parents/carers)

Post-Diagnostic Support

Managing a Meltdown A Parents Guide

PDA Statement:

Please see the multi-agency agreed PDA Statement for East Sussex 

PDA Statement

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