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Reach South Academy Trust

Our central mission is for Reach South pupils to aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others place on them.

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A-Fest Feedback

A-Fest, a festival celebrating autism and autistic individuals, is one of our favourite days of the year. We're pleased that you love it too! Take a look at some of this year's feedback.

How has today developed your knowledge and understanding of autism?

  • Better idea of the impact the SENCO can have
  • Helped me understand what it means to be autistic and how we can support individuals to meet their goals
  • Hearing from experts in their field
  • My first autism training so it’s been really interesting
  • Really useful information on new theory and autistic perspective
  • I have learnt lots about supporting people with autism
  • Clear teaching, relating theory to practice and explaining theory in an accessible way
  • Some really clear messages about creating a neurodiverse world for all people and celebrating differences
  • Really lovely messages about creating an inclusive culture for staff and pupils
  • Given really good ideas to help support students
  • Really enjoyed it, great day and learnt lots
  • I have become aware of some more current terminology and research
  • A much needed insight and toolkit
  • Revisiting prior knowledge and having this updated
  • It has developed my knowledge further and provided me with lots of food for thought.
  • Excellent talks from those with the universities, underpinning what we are witnessing in schools and cohorts.
  • I have picked up lots of new strategies that I can take back to my own class
  • Brought attention to areas I didn’t know about
  • It has helped to further develop and enhance current knowledge and understanding
  • It has helped explaining newest theories on autism which I can share with other professionals that I work with


What was the best part of today?

  • Hearing autistic voices
  • All of the workshops were great
  • Getting to speak with others who teach those with autism 
  • I enjoyed all sessions and found them all useful
  • All the people running sessions were excellent and are obviously excellent at what they do
  • It was great to look through some children’s books and the way work is done and feedback is given
  • Networking and learning about others’ experiences/chatting with colleagues 
  • Being able to focus for a whole day on autism and the opportunity to reflect on practice at school
  • Being in a room with lots of other people enthused about supporting autistic young people
  • Variety of speakers
  • Learning how to develop our support for children within our classroom.


Sum up A-Fest in one word

  • Autastic
  • Amazing 
  • Great
  • Inspiring 
  • Insightful 
  • Special
  • Thought-provoking
  • Awesome 
  • Motivating
  • Fantastic
  • Knowledgeable
  • Welcoming
  • Brilliant 
  • Interesting
  • Invigorating
  • Informative
  • Positive
  • Influential
  • Engaging
  • Enlightening
  • Empowering

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