I am delighted to be able to say that since we started presenting our work on QoL at a variety of national and international conferences we have had a lot of interest from schools enquiring about how they could implement all or part of the framework in their setting.
As a result, we are currently working with a number of schools to help them do this. We have developed a range of resources for schools to use if they wish and are establishing a national network so that schools can support each other and share best practice as they embark upon their QoL journey.
Our pilot project with participating schools is well underway and has been designed to help them trial their arrangements ready for a full-scale implementation when they are ready.
We are currently in discussions with the Institute of Education (IoE) at UCL about their involvement in our network development and possible research opportunities.
We have held 3 workshops here at Swalcliffe in February, May and September 2019, and will be hosting a further workshop here in January 2020. I have also been out on the road delivering QoL training in a number of schools as part of their INSET training. It has been really encouraging to see such levels of interest by schools across the country from mainstream, special and FE sectors.
If you were unable to attend any of the workshops to date or would like to get involved, please just let me know. I can be contacted on 01295 780302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also started to write a regualr newsletter for participating schools and interested parties, to keep everyone up to date with the latest information. You can find copies of newsletters below….we hope you find them interesting and helpful. If you would like to be added to our circulation list please contact me, Kiran, on email@example.com
Below is a list of presentations we have given…and some we are scheduled to give in the coming months:
Jan 2017: Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC): Sydney: Poster presentation
November 2017: Banbury Social Care: Banbury: Oral presentation
March 2018: National Autistic (NAS): Harrogate: Society oral and poster presentation
May 2018: South and West Leaders in Special Schools (SWALSS): Torquay: Workshop presentation
June 2018: National Association Special Schools (NASS): Swalcliffe: Discussion group
July 2018: World Psychiatry Congress: Prague: Poster presentation
October 2018: National Association of Special Schools (NASS): Workshop presentation
November 2018: Research SEND: Manchester: Workshop presentation
February 2019: Ambitious About Autism: London: Presentation
February 2019: Swalcliffe Park School: Workshop
March 2019: Institute of Education: London: Presentation
April 2019: Inspire Alternative Provision, London: Management workshop
May 2019: Swalcliffe Park School Pilot project workshop
May 2019: Oxfordshire Teaching School Alliance workshop
May 2019: Wargrave House School, Warrington: Staff training day
May 2019: William Henry Smith School, Brighouse: Staff training day
June 2019: APAC: Singapore: Symposium
July 2019: Trinity School, Newbury: Management workshop
August 2019: William Henry Smith School, Brighouse: Staff training day
September 2019: Autism Europe: Nice : Presentation
September 25th 2019: QoL Workshop 3 at Swalcliffe Park School
November 2019: Wargrave House School, Warrington: Management training
January 2020: Peterhouse School, Southport, Staff training day
January 28th, 2020: Workshop 4, Swalcliffe Park School
QoL Schools Network
There are a number of benefits of joining the network which you might want to consider…..
All schools who join the network and implement the QoL framework will be given access to their own GDPR compliant, secure database through the portal on this website. This will enable them to carry out a number of tasks including:
• Uploading student information and family contact log in details
• Completing student and family questionnaires
• Gaining access to student and family QoL information
• Analysing student and family information on an individual and collective basis
• Analysing student and family QoL information over time
Being part of the network also allows schools to gain access to a message board for communal problem solving best practice sharing. In addition to this schools will be able to follow links to reference material as well as a range of resources which may be helpful in implementing the framework.
The network is in its early stages of development, as is the website. Both are currently under review and new content and functionality are currently being worked on.
The following schools have shown interest in joining the network: