York Council Leader Visits Special Needs Teachers
4:42pm 17th January 2014
James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council has met with parents and pupil’s who benefit from the work of the council’s Specialist Teaching Team, which supports children and young people (0-19 years) with special educational needs, impairments and disabled children, in the first of a series of visits to key services across the city.
The meeting, which took place on Thursday 16 December at West Offices, saw Councillor James Alexander and Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Servicesmeet with staff, parents and pupils who benefit from the support of the council’s Specialist Teaching Team.
The Specialist Teaching Team promotes the inclusion of children with low incidence conditions by providing specialist assessments, support, advice and teaching. This involves supporting children, families and professionals who work with children and young people with autism; deafness/hearing impairment; medical needs; physical disability; visual impairment, looked after children, or children and young people who may be unable to attend school for medical reasons.
Cllr James Alexander, said: "Meeting with parents and pupil’s who work with our Specialist Teaching Team was a great experience. I would like to thank the team, the pupils and their parents for taking the time to meet and discuss the invaluable work that is provided to children across the city. It was hugely encouraging to see such warmth towards the support that the team provides to our residents in this area."
Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services: “I was delighted to involved in this meeting and discuss what the service means to those using it on the ground. The work that the team do often goes unnoticed and I know that what they do is greatly appreciated by parents and pupils as well as those at the council.”
Jess Haslam, Head of Disability and Special Educational Needs said: “We were delighted that Councillor Alexander and Councillor Looker were able to meet staff, parents and Fred Howe (aged 3) and find out how the support from the specialist teaching team works with children in their homes and school/hospital to enable them to learn with their peers and access positive activities. The team will continue to work closely with families and children to proactively ensure children’s needs are met. We are excited about the national Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms and how we implement them in York to ensure children, young people and families are at the heart of all our planning.”
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