Parent Café

Parent Cafés

You might not have thought of yourself as your child's life-long teacher, but that's what you are. It's an incredibly important role and one which is rewarding and challenging and will last long after Glyne Gap Schooling finishes. The school recognizes this and believes we have a moral duty to support you where we can with your child's learning, at school and in life. 

Due to Covid-19 Parent Cafes have been suspended until it becomes safe enough to hold them again in school.  We will keep you posted when the next one is planned.   

Below you will find summaries of issues raised and discussed at previous Parent Cafés with useful links and follow-up suggestions. 

Benefits Health Check with HARC

Teresa Andrews from HARC (Hastings Advice and Representation Centre) updated Parents/Carers on Universal Credit (UC), Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Council Tax, Welfare Benefits, Carer's Support and how HARC can help families with appealing benefit decisions or filling in paperwork. She circulated a variety of prompt sheets and application forms which you can access by emailing her at We also held a follow-up workshop at the Faculty focusing on benefit changes once children become adults in their own right at 18. 

A Total Communication Approach

Our Communication Team Lead, spoke to parents and carers about what 'Total Communication' means and taught us about 'receptive' and 'expressive' language.  The group played a game and shared experiences of their own children's communication and why sometimes their children might be using their behaviour to get their point across (expressive language) or show their lack of understanding of what is being expected of them (receptive language). A variety of communication techniques and tools were discussed, such as signing and picture exchange (PECS), visual timetables and objects of reference. Parents spoke about how approaches may need to adapt over time. Please have a look at the new section of our 'Home Learning' part of the website 'Supporting Your Child's Communication Needs' to find out more.
Alternatively speak to your child's class teacher or the Communication Team. 

Glyne Gap Signing

A practical and theory based session focusing on the Glyne Gap signs and symbols 'core' vocabulary. These are the most commonly needed and used words such as 'mum' dad' 'eat' 'toilet' and so on. In parallel with this the Communication Team trialled using video clips on the website to remind pupils and families of the 'signs and symbols of the term'. Both the session and videos were popular with parents/carers and will be repeated and developed. Do check out the 'Supporting Your Child's Communication Needs' section of the Home Learning part of Glyne Gap website.

Parents and Carers Leavers Group

An information giving session specific to Year 14 Parents and Carers. It focused on the process of supporting students to prepare for adult lives and leaving Glyne Gap. Parents/Carers were given a checklist of actions and some relevant links regarding possible Post 19 providers, healthcare links and information about how to find out more about wills and trusts.  
Find out more about the Transitions Team via the East Sussex County Council website:

Learning and Life Year 9 and Beyond- Introducing our new 'Transition' support for Families

This Café was aimed at families of children in Year 9 and up. The focus was on thinking about what a happy and fulfilled adult life might look like for pupils at Glyne Gap and how parents and pupils can prepare for that. 

Systems that Enable and Develop Receptive Language Skills

The Communication Team ran this very well attended cafe which focused on what 'receptive' language is (the ways we take in information), systems that we use in school to enable and develop these skills and how these might be helpful at home. There was useful discussion between families suggesting ideas and offering advice and also the very important opportunity to offer each other emotional support around the challenging issues that our children and we as parents/carers face. 

Benefits Health Check (Yr9-Adulthood)

HARC run this popular benefits advice session for us. This looked at how benefits change as you child turns 14 and how they will change again as education finishes/adulthood begins.

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