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Risca Community Comprehensive School welcomes Ministers

Posted on : 07 Feb 2019

 Risca Community Comprehensive School welcomes Ministers
Risca Community Comprehensive School welcomes Ministers

The Ministers for Education and Health and Social Services visited Risca Community Comprehensive School on Tuesday 5th February.

Kirsty Williams (Minister for Education) and Vaughan Gething (Minister for Health and Social Services) visited Risca Community Comprehensive School’s ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Centre to see the positive impact the Learning with Autism (LwA) Programme has had on the staff and pupils of the Centre and the wider school.  Both Ministers’ also discussed the impact of the proposals on the draft Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Code currently out to consultation.

The Ministers also took part in a session with pupils on feelings and exploring the emotions that could arise during certain scenarios. This exercise enables the pupils to better understand their emotions. 

Cllr Philippa Marsden, Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement said: “I was delighted to meet with both Kirsty Williams and Vaughan Gething during their visit to Risca Community Comprehensive School to discuss the fantastic work that is implemented at the school to support pupils with ASD, as well as the resources which support children and young adults throughout the borough. During the visit we also discussed how we can continue to provide an excellent provision for those with ASD throughout the borough, as well as the ALN Code and how it is hoped that this will enable Local Authorities to provide even better opportunities for those with additional learning needs”.

Mr John Kendall, Head Teacher of Risca Community Comprehensive School said: “As an Autistic Aware School, our ASD Centre provides opportunities for pupils to access mainstream classes, as well as a robust support structure for those who need it. The Centre also provides a number of positive benefits for the wider school, including encouraging more tolerant behaviour and giving pupils and staff a far greater understanding of ASD”.

Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education said: “I really enjoyed meeting the pupils and teachers at Risca Comprehensive and see how our Learning with Autism programme is supporting students and staff in the classroom”.

“The Learning with Autism scheme aims to raise awareness in education settings and help students with autism reach their full potential. More than 2,000 secondary school teachers have completed the scheme and more than 9,000 pupils have already signed the pupil pledge.

“We’ve got a consultation on the Additional Learning Needs Code open until 22 March 2019 and it’s really important we hear from everyone involved in supporting children and young people, to make sure we get the new system right.”

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “The visit provided the opportunity to hear first-hand from pupils and teachers about the Learning with Autism programme and how it has been a positive addition to school life. The Welsh Government Additional Learning Needs consultation is ongoing and we want to hear from as many people as possible to make sure that the new system delivers our objective of inclusive education for all learners in Wales to achieve their full potential.”

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