31 March 2014 | Comments
Jude Ragan (OBE) arrives on Island on 7 April for a month to provide advice to the Education Directorate on Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Jude, Headteacher of Queensmill Special School in London commented:
“I am very excited about my forthcoming visit to St Helena and the project with staff on the Island. I hope that it is the beginning of a long and fruitful association between the autism provision on the Island and the work of Queensmill School in London – and that we continue to link both remotely and through visits to develop the important work we all do with children with autism spectrum disorders.”
Director of Education and Employment, Colin Moore said:
“This is a very important visit to the Island and I am delighted that we were able to secure the services of Jude. Autism is a very complex condition and our hardworking staff are very much looking forward to having the opportunity to learn at first hand from such an experienced educationalist. For the majority of the time that Jude will be with us, she will be based at Prince Andrew School.
“I am grateful to the Governors of Queensmill for releasing Jude so that she can spend time with us. I do hope that this visit signals the start of an enduring relationship between ourselves and Queensmill School.”
Jude – an experienced and well known educationalist in the field of Special Needs – is Headteacher of Queensmill School in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Queensmill is a specialist school for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The school is rated as an outstanding school by Ofsted, the English Schools Inspectorate. In 2010, Jude Ragan was awarded an OBE for her work in Special Education.
Symptoms of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) vary from one child to the next, but in general, they fall into two areas:
- Social impairment, including difficulties with social communication and
- Repetitive and stereotyped behaviors.
One photograph accompanies this release.
31 March 2014