The Moving Forward Together Project (MFT), a partnership of 19 schools in Antrim and Randalstown have joined up efforts to offer training this August to 260 of their school staff on pupil support topics in August. Because of this unique partnership between schools which includes Nursery, Primary, Special Schools and Post-Primary, both selective and non-selective, and is drawn from both the maintained and controlled sectors-everyone gains.
As part of our partnership with the Empower Project and as a result of the SEN Shared Learning Network, MFT was able to offer three separate training events on Play Therapy, Primary Movement and Home/School Partnership which were hosted by Riverside on the 23rd and 24th August. Many thanks to Shona McCann, Colin Ward and Marie McCloy (Empower) for enabling the training to happen. 80 school staff from across the partnership participated in the training throughout the two days.
Also in August a Post-Primary “Crash Course in CAMHS” was held in St Benedict’s College on 29th August and attended by over 170 staff from 5 Schools and Rathmore Guidance Centre which was delivered by the Northern Trust CAMHS Team.
Working together for shared and collaborative education has created opportunities for strengthened community relations and simultaneously has supported the expansion of local area educational provision, a win-win combination for the entire local community!
Feedback from one Principal from the partnership highlighted the usefulness of the CAMHS training:
“I just wanted to say thank you for organising today. It was really brilliant, and we had really good feedback from our staff – so high praise indeed! It was perfect length, perfect pace and perfect content…Thanks for driving this and for supporting all staff and pupils in our schools. It is hugely appreciated.”(Principal, MFT School-based partnership)