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Autumn term 2019  - please email for further details
Date Course title
Wednesday 25 September 2019 New SENCo training (1of 6)
Thursday 3 October 2019 AET good Autism practice tier 2 (free training)
Thursday 10 October 2019 Developing a growth mindset in the primary classroom
Tuesday 15 October 2019 Teaching assistant toolbox – developing reading skills (1 of 3)
Thursday 24 October 2019 Supporting children and young people with relationship-based play approach
Wednesday 6 November 2019 New SENCo training (2 of 6 )
Tuesday 10  December 2019 Teaching assistant toolbox – developing spelling and writing skills (2 of 3)
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Solihull Council has been given the green light by the Department for Education to establish a special free school to support children with autism.

The new school, which is likely to be open in two years, will have up to 100 places for children and young people with autism aged between seven and 16 years old.  The Council’s preferred option is for a dual site school with locations in both the north and south of Solihull.

It will provide an outstanding education for pupils attending the school together with support for children with autism at mainstream schools through an assessment centre based at the new site.

Councillor Ken Meeson, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills, said: “This is fantastic news for children and families across Solihull.  We know we have comparatively high rates of autism diagnosis in the borough.  This funding means we can take an important step in delivering the Council’s ambitious programme to provide an exceptional educational environment which fully understands and caters for the individual needs of children and young people with autism.

He continues: “For those pupils with more complex needs, creating a special free school will mean we can better meet current and future demand for places, whilst also extending local choice.

“On a practical level it also means we can educate more children and young people nearer to their homes.  Spending less time being transported to and from school means they should receive a better learning experience.”

In line with Department for Education guidance, the Council can now start advertising the opportunity for potential trusts to apply to establish the new school.  The specification has been published on Solgrid and can be seen by selecting this link.

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Schools' forum is a public meeting. The next schools' forum meeting is on Tuesday, 9 July 2019 at 5.30pm in room 1 Civic Suite.

Members will have received the agenda and papers by email, but if you are interested in attending as an observer on 9 July 2019, please contact Alison McWilliam on or [icon name="phone" class="" unprefixed_class=""] 0121 704 6297.


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