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Zippy dash!

By : Partnership for Children   Feb 5, 2018

We were kindly invited to take part in a charity trolley dash at the opening of the new Entertainer toy store in Kingston upon Thames on Saturday 27th January 2018.

One of our local special schools, Dysart School attended the dash with two pupils and their families. They helped raise an amazing £650 for us and in the process gained lots of toys and resources for the school. We had a fantastic morning and would like to thank The Entertainer for supporting our charity and Zippy’s Friends schools.

Dysart School has been running Zippy’s Friends for SEN since September 2017 and it was wonderful to hear how Zippy’s Friends has already had a huge impact.

Joanna Williams, Assistant Head, shared her thoughts on the programme. “We have found Zippy’s Friends for SEN to be invaluable in teaching many of our pupils the skills they need to identify and manage their emotions, and have been able to adapt it to suit the needs of our less cognitively able pupils too through the use of sensory approaches.”

In 2018 we hope to roll out Zippy’s Friend for SEN to new areas in the UK. Please share details of the programme through links with your local SEN schools and we can set up a training day. Zippy’s Friends for SEN is also suitable for use in specialist resource bases or unit provisions bases within mainstream schools.

Zippy’s Friends for SEN has been independently evaluated by The University of Birmingham. The findings of the study suggest that the Special Needs Supplement to Zippy’s Friends “can have beneficial effects for children with SEN, particularly in the areas of self-awareness, ability to regulate emotions and relationship skills”.

If your school is interested in finding out more about our Zippy’s Friends for SEN programme please contact us.