Supporting the Oakleigh parent/carer community
The workshops aim to develop and support the Oakleigh parent community. Out of a total of sixty school families, parents or carers from forty families have taken part in workshop activities over the course of the last year.
"An opportunity - to meet people from all backgrounds/cultures with the common interest of a special child and to share experiences and ideas / to celebrate the child and their achievements" Stephanie, mother of a seven year old pupil.
Richard Barton's role as a workshop facilitator is to allow people to have a space to talk and a chance to listen to each other. To design the workshops, he combines his knowledge of theatre practice with his experience of working in schools for children with special educational needs.
"I did not expect the morning to be so much fun."
Shekeb, father of a six year old pupil.
More details on the Oakleigh Parent Workshops can be found in the following article written by Richard for Issue 60 of SEN Magazine.