Supporting the Oakleigh parent/carer community

Parent/Carers Workshop group photo

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"

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!"

More details on the Oakleigh Parent Workshops can be found in the following article written by Richard for Issue 60 of SEN Magazine.

You can email Richard at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshops for 2015-16

During the school year 2015-16, we will be offering the following workshops for parents/carers.

Invitation fliers will be sent out in advance of each workshop. They will all be on Wednesday mornings, in the Big Therapy Room at Oakleigh School. Please contact the school office for more information.


Subject Matter

September 2015

Communication – led by the speech and language therapists

October 2015

Visual supports (Objects, photos, symbols)

October 2015

Meet the Professionals (New families only)

November 2015

Supporting children with Visual Impairments (led by the Local Authority support teachers)

December 2015

Eating (physical, sensory and behaviour)

January 2016


February 2016

Managing family Life (led by the child psychotherapist)

March 2016


April 2016

Sensory Needs (led by the Occupational Therapists)

May 2016

Behaviour support

June 2016

Supporting children with Hearing Impairments (led by the Teacher of the Deaf)

July 2016

Puberty (for Year 6 only)