On Monday 4th June 2018 Sally Holland, Children’s commissioner of Wales and Jane Houston, Participation officer, visited the staff and pupils visited Headlands School. Sally and Jane were keen to discuss with our young people issues that are important to the Commissioner such as mental health, well-being, bullying, poverty and social inequalities. It is hoped that these will raise awareness of the UNCRC and to promote its adoption across public services and to focus on transitions into adulthood for all young people who require continued support and care. Sally and Jane also wanted our young people’s input to support the development of an Ambassador scheme which is accessible to young people in SEN settings.
Sally and Jane met Jamie Hill, residential house manager and Phillip Preston, a resident who took them on a tour of Gelert West residential house. Sally and Jane joined the residents for lunch. After lunch Sally and Jane met the Drama, Music and Dance students and their teacher Elisha Cope. They has the opportunity to watch the group rehearse for the summer performance of Romeo and Juliet. Following this Sally and Jane met with members of the student council and shared their ideas about the Ambassador’s scheme and how it would fit in to schools like ours. The young people brought some valuable ideas to the table such as treasure hunts that they could use to make learning more interactive.