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Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired

Success at our virtual Family Day

On Monday 3 May, NCW held its virtual Family Day event – an opportunity for families who have a young person with a vision impairment to find out what it is like to live and learn at NCW.

The day ran very successfully with a number of parents and carers logging in to a full day of virtual sessions with key staff members, parents and students.
Attendees were able to sign up to a ‘meet and greet’ with Principal, Nic Ross, as well as hear from Houseparents on residential life and speak to external guest Nathan Davies from HCB Group on advocacy and the student journey to NCW. 

Bringing the day to a close were Sixth Form students Samih and Martha who presented themselves so professionally and answered questions from attendees on a range of topics including bullying and tactile learning materials.

It was wonderful to have so many engaged families, asking lots of questions and getting what they needed from the virtual day.

In preparation for the event, a selection of students helped to create a fun tour video where they visited a number of different departments including Independent Living Skills (ILS), Science and PE to interview staff.

The video is approximately 30 minutes long, and is available below for anyone who would like to watch!

Thanks for the amazing virtual Family Day you prepared. It was so good - full of lots of important and exciting things. So interesting to hear from the students too.

Parent

Thank you for the virtual day. I really appreciated the opportunity to see more of what NCW is about. It was lovely to have the opportunity to hear from a cross section of people involved in NCW, including some of the students themselves. I think you are doing a tremendous job.

Attendee
Screenshot of Harriet on Google Meet with a NCW banner in the background
Harriet, External Marketing Events Officer - organiser of the virtual Family Day event!
Katie and Paul on Google Meet
Houseparents Katie and Paul, talking about what life is like for students in the residential houses
Fiona on Google Meet
Fiona, Strategic Lead for Student Progress, leading a session all about academic learning at NCW
Students Martha and Samih, along with Harriet, on Google Meet and answering questions from attendees
Students Martha and Samih answering questions from Family Day attendees!
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