30 Nov SEND Community Cafe
On Thursday 10th November, the Learning Support Dept. welcomed Year 9 parents & carers of SEND students into the Arrow Vale Learning Resource Centre (LRC) for an informal morning of social networking and opportunities to chat about all things SEND related.
We were joined by the Trust Director for SEND and current Arrow Vale SENCo Claire Round, and staff from the Learning Support Team, alongside Specialist ASD Teacher Lucy Clarke, from SEND Supported Educational Consultancy, Arrow Vale’s SEND consultants.
This first community café was the introductory session in a series of similar events designed and planned to offer; in-person, additional support & advice to parents of children with additional and complex neuro-diverse needs. Year 9 and the Autumn term are a key transition point and providing parents with the opportunity to chat informally, and face-to-face with key staff really promotes the idea of ‘breaking down barriers’. Parents & carers can often feel cut-off when their child / young person comes to high school. We want to promote an open-door policy and welcome parents & carers into school to talk freely with us about their experiences and difficulties, along with feedback about all of the positives that we know happen for our young people!
Some staff in school are also SEND parents and are keen to reach out to families, and introduce parents to others who really ‘get it’ and to hopefully over time develop a solid community support group for SEND & Inclusion here at Arrow Vale.
We wholeheartedly & passionately promote diversity, inclusion and kindness in school and welcome all parents & carers to contact us if needed for any additional support.
The next SEND Community Café will be targeted for Year 11 parents during the Spring term (date/time TBC) where we will hopefully be joined by the Worcestershire SENDIASS Young Person’s Advisor, Jake Hawkings.
Learning Support Department