Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Conductor sessions in state special school

Modest initiative in North East

Development of Conductive Education services for children in the United Kingdom has been marked by aspiration to pride services that are educational in nature. Initially the aspiration was to create stand-alone schools but problems of funding and inclusion may have prevented more such major projects. In recent years, however, there have been initiatives to inject conductors into existing state schools. Major projects have been established in Slough (Dynamite) and Birmingham (ACE), and there have also been smaller-scale, sometimes ad hoc arrangements by parents and by conductive services.

A new school-based initiative will commence after the Easter break, at Bamburgh School in South Shields, as a satellite of the existing Step Together centre, for families finding it difficult to travel to the home centre in Spennymoor. Initially the satellite service will operate on Thursdays only, though it is hoped to expand the service if demand grows.

Bamburgh School is a special school occupying new premises on a ‘community campus’. Step Together is a small, two-conductor centre that opened nearly three years ago, offering a variety of services for children and adults.

Step Together is a division of the Child Care Action Trust.


References

Step Together

Child Care Action Trust

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