Teachers become autism leaders to boost support in schools

The first group of teachers have become "autism leaders" by completing a new postgraduate qualification designed to help raise awareness of the developmental disorder within mainstream schools. The Autism Leaders Award, delivered by the City of Wolverhampton Council's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Outreach Service in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton and led by Service Coordinator Dr Eve Griffiths, is aimed at SEND co-ordinators and enables mainstream schools to have their own qualified Autism Leader. Some 15 SEND co-ordinators from mainstream schools have completed the programme, which focuses on key themes including communication and interaction and socia

City primary among Top 1% Nationally for progress of its pupils

A Wolverhampton school which was judged Good for the first time ever last year is showing continued improvement according to the latest performance data. SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy has been ranked among the top 1% of schools in England for the progress its pupils make between the start and end of Key Stage 2 in figures released by the government recently. Overall, SS Peter and Paul was ranked 14th nationally for the progress made by pupils from the start to end of Key Stage 2 in maths, 37th nationally in reading and 46th nationally in writing. The school was also ranked top overall in Wolverhampton in terms of progress. In June 2019, inspectors from Ofsted judged the school t

School given funding for fostering and adoption support group

A school has received lottery funding for its support group for parents who adopt or foster children. The group, set up by St Michael’s Church of England Primary School in Tettenhall last year, meets every half-term, giving parents and carers the chance to discuss issues or problems with one another and to receive training and help in their parenting role. A grant of £9,650 from Awards4All will enable the group to continue meeting and expand its support to other parents and carers living in the local area. There are also plans to establish a new a stay and play group at St Michael’s for parents of adopted children who live in the Black Country. The Outstanding-rated school's Headteacher Kate

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