Partnership working is the essence of what we promote at HHS Autism Provision. This ethos promotes staff, multi-disciplinary teams, families and students working together to achieve the best outcomes. Our aim is to ensure that families and students understand and feel informed about what is happening at school and beyond so they are able to make informed decisions.
Meetings with our multi-disciplinary team, staff meetings, planning meetings and training sessions ensure our staff teams work together in the optimum way and adopt current thinking in their practice. Families have opportunities to meet with staff and professionals at times that are mutually convenient, to discuss their child’s progress, concerns and celebrate successes.
Families are included at every stage of the planning and target-setting process. We hold termly Pupil Progress Meetings with parents and carers as well as an annual review meeting. During these, parents and carers receive written feedback on the progress of their child.
Where necessary, staff conduct home visits. For some young people, it is important that we do this before entry to the school as part of the planned transition. Additional home visits for existing students and their families may also take place. These are commonly organised and attended by our pastoral team. From time to time, other members of staff, including our therapists, may want to visit a family at home to support the implementation of strategies and to support continuity.
Families are expected to keep the school informed of relevant information that may impact on the teaching and learning of their child. We encourage this information sharing as part of our strong belief that a two-way flow of communication ensures a child gets the best from their time at school. This fosters trust and transparency within the working partnership and this commitment is consolidated through the home–school agreement.
At HHS Autism Provision, we feel it is just as important to support our parents and families as it is to support and nurture our students. Our pastoral team is available to give advice on approaches that might help your child and your family. The team can put you in contact with relevant specialists and specific services as required and will co-ordinate and liaise with staff teams on your behalf.
A fortnightly newsletter home provides parents and carers with information on what is happening within the provision and up-and-coming events. Parent and carer training is also available throughout the year.
We regularly seek to gain the views and needs of families, but if there is something you feel we could do better, we welcome your ideas and suggestions.