At The Sheiling Ringwood, we like to collaborate with other organisations. Engagement with the local community and businesses is something that we are proud of and continue to develop for our students. These relationships are valuable to us as an organisation and to our students, their development and experiences.
Safewise deliver interactive and practical ‘skills for life’ education in realistic, full size streetscapes at Bournemouth and Weymouth. We visit their centres frequently with our students and are now linked as community partners so we can share valuable learning with them around SEND.
Safewise cover road safety, fire safety, water safety and home safety alongside crime prevention, what to do in an emergency, healthy living, mental wellbeing, citizenship, environmental sustainability, householder responsibilities, financial skills and much more.
They deliver bespoke programmes to meet the specific needs of groups including parents and carers of early years, primary Key Stage 1 and 2, secondary Key Stage 3, home-leavers including students, older people and learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Teaching Alliance of Dorset Special Schools
TADSS is a cooperative group of special schools working together to evolve practice in education, assessment and learning. We join for activities such as assessment forums, moderation events and development and practice sharing events for subject leaders and school leaders. TADSS also provide a range of ongoing CPD/professional development opportunities related to SEND needs and education.
SEN Legal has been operating for over 20 years as a national and highly specialised legal practice with an excellent reputation. They specialise in education law, in particular Special Educational Needs and Disability for children and young persons aged 0-25.
Simpson Millar provides easy access to high quality legal services
An established group welcoming the Deputy Heads of Dorset Special Schools. The group meets three times a year to share good practice and experiences. The group also collaborates to maximise the effectiveness of working practice, successful initiatives and assessments.
Local Special School Moderation Group
This group was formed in 2015 and key staff from numerous local specialist schools join three times a year to moderate academic work. The aim is to maintain and support consistency and attainment locally.
NatCen Social Research
The aims of the research are to:
• Explore current safeguarding practice in residential schools in relation to the prevention, identification,
reporting of and response to child sexual abuse from the perspective of staff, children, parents and local
• Identify and share good practice in the prevention, identification, reporting of and response to child sexual
abuse in residential schools.