Celebrating Autism Awareness At The Garden

We are getting very excited about Autism Awareness Week at The Garden, which we will be celebrating 27th March – 31st March 2017.

Due to the high needs of our children, many families find it difficult to find appropriate provision after school and during school holidays for their children to attend. 

We have a number of fundraising events planned to help us raise money to set up a highly specialised and free after-school club. There are also plans in place to start up a subsidised provision for our pupils during the school holidays.

We are running 13.1 miles to raise £2600.00 

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11 of our very own employees and 2 governors from the Garden School will be running the Hackney Half marathon ‘RunHackney’ in a bid to raise £200.00 per runner to support fundraising campaign. The half marathon takes place on the 30th April 2017. The Garden ‘run club’ has been meeting twice a week to make sure we are in tip top shape for the big day.

Our runners are:

Martin Kiel
Laura Lopez
Ester Mundo 
Amy Yamaguchi
Haia Ironside
Estrella Fernandez 
Laura Cologni
Clarissa Michael
Triston Scotland 
Jibreal Ahmed 
Tim Diggins (School Governor)
David Lowry (School Governor)
Gemma Courtney 

No donation is to too small to support our cause and you can donate using the following link:


Calling local businesses – we need your help!

Did you know over 700,000 people in the UK have autism?

Did you know that autism now affects 1 in 100 people?



Due to the high needs of our children, many families find it difficult to find appropriate provision after school and during school holidays for their children to attend.

In the run up to Autism Awareness Month (April) we are raising money to set up a highly specialised and free after-school club. There are also plans in place to start up a subsidised provision for our pupils during the school holidays.

One of our planned activities is a fundraising raffle. In the past our raffles have been very successful, and we would like to make this one our best ever!

We are asking organisations and local businesses to donate what they can so that we can attract as many raffle ticket sales as possible.


aaIf you are able to help or need any more information please contact  Gemma Courtney, the School Office Manager (gcourtney@thegarden.hackney.sch.uk) or call 0207 254 8096



ComFor Training at The Garden School – January 2017

Jarymke Maljaars, of the University of Leuven and Psychiatric Centre of Leuven, Belgium, was welcomed to The Garden School on 13th January 2017.  Jarymke delivered a one-day training course on the ComFor assessment.

The Garden is proud to have hosted only the second UK training in this assessment, which gives valuable insight and understanding about how our pupils make sense of the world around them.

Jarymke’s training day has enabled us to deepen our understanding and plan truly individualised augmentative communication systems for each of our pupils.

Feedback received so includes comments such as ‘Very useful training. Gave me a lot of ideas and enhanced my understanding. Definitely recommending to other colleagues’.

100% of those who attended and completed evaluations rated the overall day as ‘outstanding’.

Steph, Jarymke, Pat, Beth 2   Networking - Jarymke, Anna Campbell Walnut Sch,

The day was received with great appreciation and enthusiasm by our Garden School teachers and speech and language therapists, along with other professionals who attended on the day.


½ day training course (9:00 – 12.30)

The Garden School provides a specialist education and learning environment for pupils with autism and severe learning difficulties aged 4 – 16 years. Research based practice underpins all of the teaching methods, strategies and approaches.

Course objectives:

•To develop a deeper understanding of autism and how pupils with autism learn
•To understand teaching interventions and strategies used at The Garden and how they can be transferred to the trainee’s setting
•To spend time visiting different classes to observe strategies and approaches in practice

Course Outline:

8:45 – 9:00 Arrive
9:00 – 10:30
  • What is autism? Research and theory that help us understand autism
  • What are the implications of autism on education  
  • How can we effectively teach and support pupils with autism? Strategies and interventions used at The Garden School
10:30 – 10:45 Break: Refreshments provided
10:45 – 12:00 Observation in classes: Opportunity to spend time in different classes to observe strategies and interventions
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion, questions and ideas


  • Thursday 2nd February
  • Thursday 16th March
  • Thursday 18th May
  • Thursday 6th July

Price: £150.00 per trainee (+£10 booking fee)

Learning Walks

60-75 minutes tour of the school accompanied by specialist to raise awareness of practice and share expertise to promote mainstream strategies

Price: £75 per attendee  (+£10 booking fee)

Bookings: admin@newwaveeducation.co.uk

Questions: sreed@thegarden.hackney.sch.uk


Secondary Art Exhibition

Check out the fabulous artwork created by our secondary pupils which was displayed as part of our art exhibition during parents evening last term.

Secondary pupils used a variety of methods to create some stunning pieces of artwork including drawing around their own bodies!

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Attention Autism Training


A two day training course

Friday 3rd February & Friday 24th February


Friday 3rd March & Friday 17th March


Friday 21st April & Friday 12th May

9am – 4pm

Cost: £150.00 (Including lunch and refreshments)

This two day course equips attendees with the skills to set up and run the 4 Stage Attention Autism programme. The training focuses on the practical aspects of intervention, working in a team and offering an irresistible invitation to learn. The Attention Autism programme targets the teaching of attention, communication and social interaction skills.

Day 1

Presenting the first two stages of the four stage Attention Autism programme;

Stage 1 – Focusing Attention

Stage 2 -Sustaining attention

  • Exploring the impact of autism spectrum disorders on the development of attention skills and the impact this has on a child’s ability to learn
  • Practical hands-on opportunities for you to try out activities at each stage and discuss application of the programme within their setting or service

Day 2

Introducing and focusing on;

Stage 3 – Shifting Attention

Stage 4: shifting and sustaining attention including a transition to independent working.

  • Exploring the ways in which communication development can be targeted and nurtured within sessions ensuring the needs of the children can be sensitively met
  • Focusing on building functional social communication, understanding and spontaneous communication
  • Sharing ideas and activities and enabling you to set up and run the full programme!

If you have any queries please contact Gemma Courtney 0207 254 8096

*Please note payment must be recieved in full before the first day of the event