02 November 2017

Community Hub opens at Slade Primary

The Inclusion Hub will bring another layer to the excellent support we offer. Jaz is truly a revolutionary leader and she has instilled a compelling vision for her team. The team understand our community and pupils well and we are thrilled to be working with external partners to offer our community the very best.”

The Inclusion Team at Slade (Jaz pictured centre)

Parents and pupils have this week celebrated the launch of a new community hub at Slade Primary School, part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP).

The Inclusion Hub, which is a partnership between Slade, Our Place and Eagles Consultancy, will provide support for the pupils and community of the school.

 

The hub has been developed by the school’s inclusion team. Pastoral lead Jaz Khan has created a space where pupils can receive emotional, social or behavioural support and where a place for parents and the community to meet, share and receive support and develop new skills.

Through Jaz’s inspirational leadership, the school has made excellent links with Our Place, a community interest company based in Sutton Coldfield that provides advice services and training to the community. Slade is proud to be the first school in Erdington to be working with Our Place and there will be an advice services café held at the hub regularly.

Kelly Round, Our Place community hub manager, is thrilled to be working with Slade.  She said:

It’s great to work with another school and be able to reach even more people and ensure they have the right support and advice. The space here at Slade is excellent and we can’t wait to start working with them.”

The school has also made links with Eagles Consultancy Ltd. which is providing classes for parents to gain qualifications in a range of fields including maths and English.

Eagles Consultancy Ltd. said: “We are inspired by the efforts of Slade School to support and provide parents in the community, opportunities to develop. We are excited to work with Jaz, and the team to engage parents and provide an inviting environment, where they can upskill across many subject areas including, childcare, teaching assistants, safeguarding, maths, English and ICT. Eagles Consultancy Ltd. looks forward to working in partnership with Slade Inclusion Hub and the local community.”

The hub includes a coffee shop which is for the use of parents to meet, this includes the Slade Slimming Club.

The hub will also be a dedicated space for the pupils of Slade Primary. There is a nurture room which is used for small groups of pupils to have emotional support. There is also a sensory room, which can be used by a range of children as a calming space.

This way of working has been developed over time with Jaz at the helm. This year she has expanded her pastoral team which is now made up of two super coaches and two learning mentors, Aaron Bair and Jess Jackson. Jess, who has worked at Slade since 2015,said:

Being a mentor at Slade is fantastic. Every day is different and I really enjoy the challenges this brings. The best part of my role is being able to support children that really need it.”

Aaron said:

Working at Slade is amazing, I am loving being able to impact in a positive way on the children at the school and be a great role model.”

The school’s two super coaches, Chavvis Bennett and Keenan LaTouche, have been at Slade for two years on an apprenticeship. “I enjoy being able to work with everyone within the school, both the pupils and the staff,” Keenan said. Chavvis works closely within the PE team too and said he: “enjoys helping everybody and seeing the children progress.”

Jaz has worked hard at building the team together and is now seeing the fruits of this hard work. She said:

They are a privilege to work with and I am so proud that they share our vision.”

There is no doubt that this new space will make a massive difference to the community and to the pupils at Slade Primary School. Headteacher Helen Hastilow said: “The Inclusion Hub will bring another layer to the excellent support we offer. Jaz is truly a revolutionary leader and she has instilled a compelling vision for her team. The team understand our community and pupils well and we are thrilled to be working with external partners to offer our community the very best.”