Parent Carer Workshop Sessions

Information and events for parents and carers

We are delighted to offer a range a workshops and information sessions in school over the year. All parents and carers are welcome, and any professionals who are interested can also come along!

Last academic year, courses delivered by school staff, therapists and external agencies, have included: Read Write Inc phonics, Multisensory Story Telling, Carers Service, BwD Parents in Partnership, CYGNET Programme for parents of children and young people on the autistic spectrum, Sleep difficulties, Riding the Rapids - managing behaviours, Positive behaviour support, Planning for the future, Maths, Introduction to Makaton signing, Baby Makaton, Internet safety for children and young people with learning disabilities, Epilepsy, Early Years provision, Continence Support.

Our schedule for the academic year 2016-17 is below and will be added to throughout the year - so do come back and check regularly.

If you are interested in attending any of the sessions please contact:

Jill at Newfield School 01254 588600 to book a place.

We include here a description of what each session will cover but if you want to know more information or if it would be relevant for your child please contact: Jenny Riley (Deputy Head Teacher) 01254 588600 or ask your child’s class teacher.

We would also love to hear from you if you have a suggestion for a future topic for a workshop or you have feedback on a workshop you’ve attended! Contact: Jenny Riley on 01254 588600

  • Supporting Reading - Phonics and Lexia

    Start: Wednesday 28 June 2017 - 10:00 am End: Wednesday 28 June - 11:00 am
    Delivered By: Hayley Miller (Teacher & English Co-ordinator)

    Read, Write, Inc. is the approach adopted at Newfield to help children who are developing reading skills. It provides a structured approach to the teaching of phonics and centres around the teaching of ‘pure sounds’ with regular, routine opportunity to practise skills. Lexia is a computer program that supports this, which we use in school and is also available for use at home. Please come along to find out ways in which you can support their reading skills at home over the long summer holidays!

  • Social Care Drop-in Session

    Start: Thursday 29 June 2017 - 10:00 am End: Thursday 29 June - 11:00 am
    Delivered By: AnnMarie Pickering, CSO

    Here at Newfield we are often asked questions about Respite, Social care assessments, Disability links, Direct payments etc. So we have partnered up with colleagues in social care for a session where you can come along to find out more about a range of topics…

    • Social opportunities for children with disabilities
    • Respite
    • Social care assessments
    • Role of Appletrees Hub
    • Direct payments

    AnnMarie Pickering will be available to have a chat so please come along for an informal chat & get the advice you need from this friendly, knowledgeable lady!

  • ‘Confidence – Being Heard’ (Contact a Family)

    Start: Monday 03 July 2017 - 10:00 am End: Monday 03 July - 12:30 pm
    Delivered By: Contact a Family, in partnership with Newfield School

    Information session for parents/carers…

    Families caring for a child with additional needs, a long term medical condition or disability, are invited to book a free place for a themed session held by Contact a Family, in partnership with Newfield School, Blackburn.

    ‘Confidence – Being Heard’ The session will help you to:

    • Develop better communication skills
    • Feel more confident when working with professionals
    • Prepare and get the best out of meetings

    The session will be welcoming and informative with refreshments provided so please do come along to meet us!

    To book your place, please contact: School Reception Tel: 01254 588 600 or email

  • Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service Drop-in Session

    Start: Wednesday 05 July 2017 - 10:00 am End: Wednesday 05 July - 11:00 am
    Delivered By: Christine Robinson – BwD Carers Service

    Do you look after someone who could not manage without your help? Support is available for ‘unpaid’ family members or friends who support a loved one with an illness or disability. This includes those who already receive carers allowance.

    Christine Robinson is coming along to explain about the Carers Service and how it can support carers in the Blackburn with Darwen area. We look forward to seeing you…