This FREE event takes place this year on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th September at the SECC, Glasgow. This year’s theme is Raising achievement and attainment for allwith a focus on maximising educational outcomes through early intervention and prevention, health and wellbeing and employability skills.
As well as being the largest education exhibition in Scotland, this event offers free seminars, keynote speakers and opportunities to discuss and network with colleagues.
Let’s Talk ASN is a new service for the parents of children with additional support needs who may require support in relation to a dispute with an education authority. The service offers specialist independent advocacy for parents who are considering making a reference to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal Scotland, and every case is supervised by an experienced Education Law Solicitor.
On Tuesday 4th September 2012 an event took place in the Scottish Parliament to celebrate Common Ground Mediation’s 5th birthday. Sarah Boyack MSP kindly hosted the event, and speakers included Alison Raeburn, Principal Officer (ASN) from West Lothian Council’s Education Services, and Lesley Fairley, mediator. The “Top Ten” achievements of Common Ground Mediation over the last 5 years were outlined, including not only mediation work but also delivery of training about conflict resolution to local authority staff, delivery of peer mediation training in a number of primary schools, and consultation with children and young people about proposed changes to their education provision. Additional Support Needs Mediation focuses on trying to rebuild effective relationships and partnerships between parents and school staff, so that they can work together to support the child’s learning. Common Ground Mediation is pleased to have made a contribution towards restoring trust and rebuilding positive relationships.