Monday, 14 June 2010

I moved on to visit the South SILC where Pam Barrett, Katie Cass and their colleagues are releasing a very special magic...

The South SILC has been transformed since my last visit and Pam and Katie's passion, commitment, determination and hard work has really made an extraordinary difference as evidenced by the recent OFSTED judgements which identified the South SILC as a good school with outstanding features. I was really impressed by the improvements that have been made to the building and the bright, attractive and stimulating learning environment that the team have created despite the real challenges the building presents. It was wonderful to walk around the SILC and meet some of the team and some of the children who are so wonderfully provided for at this brilliant learning place.

The development of the new children's services arrangements provides us with an opportunity to re-imagine, re-engineer and remodel our special needs provision around these SILC centres of excellence. We know that we must continue to further develop the SILCs with strong and dynamic leadership and governance to reach out and connect with partnership provision in mainstream schools across the city based on the outstanding provision we have already established at Windmill Primary School and Rodillian School.

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