Education's Vision

The Education Board have produced their vision for the future of Guernsey's education; "Today's learners, Tomorrows World". Jenny Hooper attended their public presentation. She reports that Education wish to ensure that Guernsey keeps pace with the rest of the World in bringing education into the era of technology where jobs and careers are very different. The board will be presenting the vision to the states and if passed by majority vote, they will begin to work on the finer details and costing. The vision makes reference to inclusive education, offering equality of opportunity and providing a personalised, engaging education! The vision can be found on Education’s website ( and the board are keen to receive feedback or any comments on education that may aid this vision. Comments are welcomed by post to the Education Department or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Closing date for comments is 22nd April 2013. We will continue to follow the process to ensure that the Special Educational Needs of our children are not overlooked and are part of this vision.

Young Adults

Our first event for young adults and their families was held on 24th March 2013 at the Ron Short Centre. The afternoon was a good opportunity for the young people to spend some social time together and for the Mums and Dads to have a chat with each another. The young people enjoyed playing on the Wii, Playstation and air hockey table. The young ladies and some of the Mums enjoyed making a lovely beaded bracelet each. The refreshments soon disappeared! Another afternoon will be organised in the near future.

For further information about the Young Adults group please see our young adults  page.

Parent Partnership Meeting

On 6th March 2013 our vice-chair represented Wigwam members at a Parent Partnership Group meeting. Discussions took place concerning:

  • The Learning Disability Register – representatives of parents have been asking for some time for clarification about the Learning Disability Register – who is eligible to be on it and what it is for. It was decided to keep this on the agenda as it is currently being reviewed.
  • Autism Guernsey – is a new charity supporting people with Autism. It is working closely with the Guernsey branch of the NAS.
  • Providing Information – the Parent Partnership Group has discussed for a long time the need for clear information for parents. A discussion arose about the possibility of the Parent Partnership Group taking on a project of gathering information to disseminate to parents about having a child with special needs in Guernsey.

We would love to hear your views about some of the issues that affect our members. We’d particularly like to hear your views about the Learning Disability Register, your child’s Determination, your child’s review meetings and your child’s IEPs or targets at school. If you would like to share your views or if have any questions about the parent partnership group or about the topics discussed within the group please contact Debbie Aldous This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 521678

Disability Champions

In March 2013 two deputies, Deputy Arrun Wilkie and Deputy Paul Le Pelley joined Deputy John Gollop (States’ Champion for Disabled People) to form a team of Disability Champions who deal with disability issues raised by members of the public. Their role is to listen to disabled people and to reflect their views in the States of Guernsey. Regular ‘drop-ins’ are held where disabled people and their families can raise their concerns.
Disabled Islanders and their supporters are encouraged to contact the Disability Champions Team, their parish deputies and/or their local douzaine about issues that affect them. In February 2013, St Sampson’s douzanier, Sarah Breton, was appointed as the first Douzaine Disability Officer.

For dates of ‘drop ins’ and more information visit the States website ‘Living with a Disability’
Disability Champions Team Contact details:
States’ Champion Deputy John Gollop
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St Sampson’s Douzaine Disability Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can find a full contact list for all States members on the States website.

AGM 2013

Wigwam’s AGM was held on February 21st 2013. Colette Turner was appointed our new treasurer and Jenny Hooper spoke about our new Wigwam Young Adults Group.

Paralympic Visit

In January 2013, Paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE visited Guernsey at the invitation of the Guernsey Disability Alliance to encourage the island to bring in disability equality legislation.
Speaking to a large audience of politicians, civil servants, business leaders and GDA members, the Baroness stressed that simplicity was the key to having a law that worked. While shocked that Guernsey did not yet protect its disabled citizens from discrimination, Tanni highlighted the opportunity to learn from best practice around the world and not just import the UK law.

For more information check out the GDA website.

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