We are happy to publish guidance from Lambeth Council addressed to parents and carers. This covers information including school attendance, access to Education Welfare Officers and useful council contact details. You can access the relevant information over here.

We are pleased to make available the minutes from the Lansdowne School Parent’s Meeting that took place on 12th February, 2013. These can be downloaded as a Word document over here.

Autism Team

All staff and pupils throughout Lansdowne School have been putting in a great amount of effort in learning and understanding the various communication systems that we have started to introduce. It is important for all pupils to be feel comfortable in communication, whatever their needs or abilities.

We use two main supplementary language systems to help pupils at Lansdowne – Communication in Print, and Makaton. Communication in Print is a visual language using symbols. Makaton is a visual language that uses physical signs from pupils and staff. Both are now used extensively at Lansdowne, depending on the appropriateness of any given situation.

Much of this work is being carried out by the dedicated Communication Team. Tom and Mikita are working towards the aim of having both tools for communication embedded as everyday use throughout the school. Staff training takes place regularly. We have also started to use Communication in Print as the main system of guidance for all the display boards around the school.

The pupils at Lansdowne have been benefiting from this approach in a very practical way. We use Communication in Print with the school choir during our weekly singing assemblies. The Communications Team has also introduced a Sign of the Week, which is displayed and encouraged to be used on a weekly basis.

Part of this approach to communication also involves having the support of parents. We are incredibly grateful for all the help that you continue to give. The school website is going to start publishing regular video updates from the Communications Team. We hope that this will open up our work for parents and carers back at home. We are also hopeful of introducing a Makaton learning club for parents.

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