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Year 6 to Year 7 - Autism Pupil Forum


Are you a year 6 pupil moving on from primary to secondary schools in September 2021?  

We are setting up an online forum for young people in year 6 who have Autism.

This is a free opportunity offered to help support young people in year 6 across all Hackney primary schools and settings. 

We encourage as many children or young people as possible to take part. Students last year found this a helpful and supportive forum to be a part of.

The forum sessions will take place every week during term time from June to October 2021.

How does taking part in this forum support young people? 

The forum brings young people together with support from teachers in the Inclusion and Specialist Support Team to: 

  • Support year 6 pupils with Autism through their transition to secondary school
  • Provide a platform for young people with Autism to share their views and engage with decision making
  • Give young people with Autism the opportunity to connect with children of a similar age outside of their own schools, develop more awareness of their diagnosis and make progress with social communication
  • Issues and themes raised by the young people will be sensitively used to support primary and secondary SENCOs to understand the views, wishes and feelings of pupils in their settings

Who can take part? 

This is an online forum for young people in year 6 who have Autism. 

In order to take part, children will need to have some awareness and understanding of their diagnosis, and be able to communicate in the online group discussion sessions.

We will make adjustments as needed, for example encouraging use of chat boxes instead of speaking if this is helpful to those taking part.

We will organise the forum into smaller groups if needed.

When will the forums sessions take place and how? 

The forum session will take place online so you will need access to a device and the internet. Links to the forum sessions will be shared with young people and those supporting their participation in advance of the sessions. 

Pupil forum will take place weekly during the second half of Summer term and continue into the first half of Autumn term.

They will take place either during the school day (Wednesdays from 2.30-3.15pm) or from home (Tuesdays 5-5.45pm) depending on ease of access.

To support safeguarding and confidentiality, we ask that a parent is present during home sessions.

Start dates will be Tuesday 8th June 5-5.45pm or Wednesday 9th June 2.30-3.15pm.

Who should I contact to say I want to take part? 

To book a place for your child or young person please complete the application form (available from the download section of this page) and email it back to the Inclusion and Specialist Support Team at Hackney Education by Friday May 14th 

Send completed fors to Lydia Scaletti:

Record Last Updated on: 28/04/2021

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