Watch our parent webinar online

Watch the recording of our parent webinar from 17th November to discover how we can support you with choosing the right school for a child with complex and/or severe speaking and understanding needs.

Choosing a school for a child with complex speaking and understanding needs
Parent webinar - Wednesday 17th November 2021


If you have any questions or feedback on the webinar above, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the contact details below:

Jenny McConnell, Principal,
Dawn House School

Ages 5-19


Kim Bent​, Principal​,
Meath School​

Ages 4-11


Hosted by Jenny McConnell and Kim Bent, our two Principals from our specialist Dawn House and Meath schools, this FREE one hour live webinar gave attendees the opportunity to:

  • Receive top tips and guidance of choosing the right school for a child with complex speaking and understanding needs from our specialist team and parents who have gone through the process.
  • Receive practical advice from our Speech and Language Advisors of key things to look out for on school visits or when speaking to school staff.
  • Understand what different schools offer.
  • Hear information about how we can support parents in identifying the types of schools and provision a child needs.
  • Gain practical advice through a Q&A session.
Does your child have receptive and expressive language difficulties which impact on how they understand them self and the world around them?

Nearly 1.5 million children in the UK are struggling to speak and understand what other people say to them. Trying to find the right school for your child can be a difficult process. When you have a child with complex speaking and understanding needs that impact interactions, expressions and understanding, that can be even harder - with so much more to consider than just Ofsted ratings. 

Ensuring that your child has the right support for their needs is imperative and will allow them to thrive and reach their full potential. This free parent webinar provided practical advice on how we can support you with choosing the right school for your child.

Introducing our two specialist schools
Dawn House School in Nottinghamshire

Speaking and understanding are fundamental life skills and are key to ensuring children get the best start in life. Supporting speech and language development is at the heart of everything we do at Dawn House School.

We are committed to integrating outstanding education in-house therapy and care for all pupils in a highly specialist environment where their speaking and understanding needs do not prevent them from learning. Dawn House School is a day and residential non-maintained school in Nottinghamshire that welcomes pupils for boarding from Monday to Friday during term time.

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Meath School in Surrey

At Meath School, we aim for a culture where speech and language disorders do not prevent young people from achieving their learning and communication potential, building an independent life and contributing to society.

Our exciting and stimulating learning environment supports children to Talk, Learn and Grow. We strive to work together with parents and families to ensure that children’s educational, social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs are met and developed as fully as possible. We also offer home from home tailored residential support which provides a safe and nurturing environment for pupils to develop independence, social and self-care skills.

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