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Special award recognises Gloucester school making an IMPACT for children with autism

Published
03.03.2020

Longlevens Infant School is the second school in Gloucester to receive an award from Gloucestershire County Council for their work to promote the inclusion and welfare of pupils with autism.

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The Gloucestershire Autism Inclusion Mark (GAIQM) recognises schools for their work to promote the inclusion, motivation, progress and welfare of children and young people with autism and communication needs.  It is awarded to schools that demonstrate excellent practice and high standards in this area.  

Longlevens Infant School received the award at a special celebration last week.

Kerry Cunningham, Headteacher at Longlevens Infant School said, “I’m delighted that staff have been recognised for the excellent support they provide to all of our pupils, including those with autism. It is a reflection off all the hard work staff put in on a daily basis”.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for education and skills said, “We are committed to supporting children and young people with autism, and to helping them reach their full potential. This is a great achievement for everyone at Longlevens Infant School”.

Cllr Kathy Williams, local county councillor for Longlevens said, “This award celebrates the hard work of the staff at Longlevens Infant School, and the excellent level of support they provide to all of their pupils. It’s good to see schools in Gloucestershire being recognised for their hard work”.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.

The Gloucestershire Autism Inclusion Quality Mark has been developed by the Gloucestershire IMPACT (including and motivating pupils with autism and communication needs team) at Gloucestershire County Council and provides schools with the opportunity to gain recognition for the hard work they do to improve the learning experiences for pupils with autism. To find out more about IMPACT visit: https://www.gloscommunityofpractice.org/impact.html 

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