Solihull BID


Pupils from Woodlands School turned teacher for the day to raise awareness of autism and sign language at one of Solihull town centre's biggest employers.

Over the last 12-18 months employess from the Solihull offices of National grid have been attending Woodlands Special School in Coleshill on a regular basis to support the children with a variety of activities with a particular focus on 'life after learning'.

The visits include providing additional scribes and invigilators for exams as many children attending the school have difficulty writting. National Grid employees have also been developing and delivering a Business Enterprise curriculum for the older children at the school, which has seen them launch their own company.

More recently staff have been helping with CV and interview skills.

This time it was the turn of teachers and pupils of Woodlands School to support 'Learning Week' at the Solihull offices. They came into the office at 35 Homer Road to teach employess about autism and to make them more awar of the challenges someone with autism will face in their day-to-day lives.

Employees at the Solihull site were also taught a form of sign language called Makaton, which uses symbols to help people communicate and is designed to support spoken language.

Sharon Watson from National Grid said: "The sessions were great fun and attracted a lot of attention within the office as people watched their colleagues through the glass.

"All the sessions were well supported and the feedback from employees was excellent. We are looking forward to building our partnership with Woodlands School with various sessions planned for the near future; including help painting a mural at the school."