Parents and Carers
Successful work with students with autism does not start and finish at school and it is vital that we work well with parents and carers in helping the young person achieve their potential both at school and enabling them to adapt to the changing environments between home and school. Parents and carers are included in drafting and reviewing their child’s Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
In the case of day students, we work to ensure mutually supportive home-school links, for example through our home-school handover system which allows information to be passed between home and school. If a young person has shown a new skill at school then we would want to share this news with his or her parents or carers. This can be done via handover, through certificates and via a WOW! text home. Similarly, if something has happened at home, then it helps for the school to know this.
Families are included as far as possible in every aspect of the young person’s life at Acorn Park. We work to enable residential students to maintain contact with their families through telephone and e-mail, and those who are able to are encouraged to write and receive communications from home. Families of residential students are welcome to visit and spend time with their young person and Acorn Park School can offer accommodation for short periods of time in the large and comfortable parent house.
We hold formal and informal parent and carer review meetings where parents and carers can look at student’s work and discuss progress. We encourage parents and carers to discuss any problems as they arise, either with the class teacher, team leader, Head of Education, Head of Care or the Head of Service. Throughout the year parents have access to progress reports, EHCP and LAC review reports, clinical reports and records of achievement.