15 Feb SEND Community Cafe
On Tuesday 7th February, the Learning Support Dept. welcomed Year 11 and 6th Form 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, with a focus on Post-16 & Post-18 transitions.
We were joined by the Trust Director for SEND and current Arrow Vale Inclusion Lead & SENCo Claire Round, and staff from the Learning Support Team, alongside SENDIASS Young People’s Advisor Jake Hawkings.
This community café was the next 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 11 and the Spring term are a key annual point of pre-exams focus and providing parents with the opportunity to chat informally, and face-to-face with key staff continues to promote the idea of ‘breaking down barriers’, and a preparation for adulthood. 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 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 10 parents during the Summer term (date/time TBC) with a focus on preparing for Year 11.
Learning Support Team