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a group of trainee teachers, both secondary and primary, spent a week at Blackfriars Newcastle in February 2016. They were looking to further develop their knowledge and understanding of how to meet the needs of their pupils with SEND in mainstream settings. The trainee teachers spent the week in a variety of different classes and also undertook
training sessions covering a range of issues such as Assistive Technology; Dyslexia and Dyspraxia; and How to work with Teaching Assistants. Here they summarise their impressions of the school ....
As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, we have been incredibly lucky in being able to work with Dr Juliet Shand, a clinical psychologist. When we commissioned Juliet, we talked about the possibility of her doing some work with parents and carers as well as students and staff. We made this request because we have had an increasing number of parents and carers discuss with us some of their concerns about their children as they approach puberty. The difficulties raised include internet safety; healthy relationships; ‘ good touch/bad touch’ ; personal hygiene and aggressive / angry behaviour. We were wondering if you would be interested in attending a parents’ support group that would run on occasional set dates within school hours. These groups would be instigated by Juliet and will then be for parents and run by parents, with the aim of giving you the chance to meet and talk to other parents who have a child at Blackfriars, about issues that affect you all. These groups have been run successfully in the past, allowing parents to share experiences and gain information and knowledge about dealing with issues.
We are hoping that we will also be able to arrange some outside speakers to talk to you about issues that regularly emerge within school- such as managing transition into adulthood and managing and supporting your child through puberty.
If you would be interested in attending these groups, there is a letter in your child’s school bag. Please return the slip with your signature and, if you would like to indicate on it any particular issues you would want raised. If we have enough interest and feel that this would be beneficial, we will arrange 2 or 3 dates for the summer term.