As another school year comes to an end…

26 February 2015

As another school year comes to an end…

It has been an incredibly eventful time since my last blog; I have so much I want to share with you that I hardly know where to start!  Here’s some of it!

My third person centred review for Josh was extremely productive. Josh made great progress last year and I’m thrilled to say that Josh has continued on this path. It was great to get together with everyone involved with Josh’s success and discuss all the wonderful things about him. Josh shared his views using words and photos and we were able to address issues that are important to Josh. Together, we devised an updated Personal Provision Plan, which included his one page profile. I am also delighted to say I have taken another step closer to my accreditation as a trainer in person centred approaches; my mentor gave positive feedback! Phew!

Some of our children have taken part in research for MENCAP; they are gathering the views of people of all ages about what’s important to them now and in the future.  Some of our children worked with the researcher to share their views. Person centred approaches such as ‘good day bad day’ and ‘what’s important to them now’ were used.  The power of such tools to gain views is incredible; a rich amount of data was gathered which will be invaluable for MENCAP.

It’s prize giving time at OPA. I was extremely proud and thoroughly delighted to present Zach with the second HSA Award for Progress through Person Centred Learning. Through using person centred tools, targeted and shared approaches have enabled Zach to grow in confidence and independence. This year, he learnt his part and performed beautifully in the Year 2 concert and has also joined a local cricket club after school. Not only this, but Zach also helped to disseminate person centred approaches to others through taking part in the one page profiles film.  His family have supported this 100%.  All true advocates of the power of person centred approaches and truly deserving of this award.

Next time…more about how our vision towards Personal Provision Plans for all is progressing.

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