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QoLA network
Since the end of last term we have been invited to present our QoL project at a number of events including;

  • World Psychiatry Conference in Prague (July)
  • Local Authority Conference (Sept)
  • National Association of Special Schools (Oct)
  • Research Special Educational Needs and Disability Conference (Nov)

We have also been invited to present at the Institute of Education at UCL in March 2019 and have had other expressions of interest, which we are currently looking into. We have been delighted by the feedback we have received to date and as a result are setting up a national QoLA network. This is a very exciting development for us and we feel it validates the efforts we are going to in school to make this aspect of our work as valuable as possible for everyone.

So far have had over 30 schools showing an interest in QoL, and we have recently produced and distributed our first QoL newsletter to help everyone keep up to date with our latest thinking and developments. The newsletter also contained information about a workshop we will be hosting at school in February for all schools wishing to implement QoL in their schools.

We are meeting with CRAE in London on Dec 6th to discuss next steps on how to move the project forward and ensure we are making the most out of the information students and families share with us.
In the coming weeks and months we will be developing the school website so that it is clear where to find the Quality of Life information for SPS families and students, and where to look if you are a QoL network school or looking to join.

Last week Jenny Dando, SaLT gave a talk on ‘Communication Friendly Classroom’ to schools from The Warriner Partnership and Clinical Psychologist, Chris Morrell is giving a series of training sessions at Chipping Norton School and at High Grange School¬†on themes around Autism and Mental Health.¬† Daphne O’Connell ran two workshops at the SWALSS Business Managers’/Bursar’s Conference in Torquay on ‘Facilitating Income Streams’ and tips on fundraising.