Dominic Wall

Medicines in Specialist Schools (MISS)

Hello friends. A colleague of mine, Dominic Wall, who is also part of our ‘Medicines in Specialist Schools’ (MISS) group produced this excellent presentation for the SSAT Conference this week. SSAT has kindly allowed us to share it with you.

The MISS group was formed in November 2019 to try to articulate the discrepancies in Health provision across England into our specialist provisions. It meets regularly with the DfE and Dept. for Health to voice our concerns around, initially, the postcode lottery for nursing provision. It is ultimately our intention to then focus on physiotherapy, OT and SALT provision.

A great deal of work has gone on behind the scenes and we are of the understanding that CCG’s are slowly re-examining their commissioning arrangements to fulfil their legal obligations to our children and young people.

This presentation, in particular, focuses on the needs of children and young people with more complex health care, including those with AGP’s. By the way, did you all clock the DfE’s latest guidance on this issue returning to the use of FFP2/3’s for interventions?

Your comments and feedback would be much appreciated. Many thanks to Dominic and the SSAT for sharing.

Click here to download the presentation

Hello Friends

Happy Easter and I hope you are all keeping safe and well? I am just writing with some sad news that one of our colleagues and friends Michael Thompson sadly died on Friday after a serious cycling accident with a car which left him critically injured. Michael was with his wife Pauline and daughter Sarah listening to his favourite Bob Dylan music as he peacefully passed away in the RVI.

Michael just recently retired from a very successful teaching career which culminated with his Headship at Priory School in Hexham where he built an outstanding community of specialist education. Michael had also taught in a number of schools in Northumberland and Washington and was committed to our children, young people and their families.

Alongside Keith Humphreys, Michael was instrumental in establishing what we now know as EQUALS and was a pioneer in promoting collaborative approaches with colleagues sharing best practice and developing the curriculum we now take for granted in our schools. He was also my best mate, the kind of friend everyone would want, loyal, caring, funny, challenging full of wisdom and full of love. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy with Pauline, David, Steve, Pete and Sarah and his beloved grandson ‘little Mike’. He also leaves behind a fantastic community at Priory who will also be grieving his loss. I am sure you would like to pass on your best wishes to all at Priory and to his wife Pauline and to all those that knew and loved this special man.

Chris Rollings,
EQUALS Chairperson & Head Teacher of Hadrian School, Newcastle upon Tyne.


Dear Colleagues,

In these uncertain times I am sure you are all wrestling with key decisions and worrying how on earth we protect our vulnerable children and young people as well as the interests of our staff. The link below is from our friends in Special Schools Voice, Medicines in Special Schools (where I represent EQUALS), FLSE, NASEN, SSAT etc. represents our shared voice for our schools. If you have any thoughts, feedback, suggestions that you would like answers to I am happy for you to contact me directly on the following email address.

I appreciate there are still unresolved issues about opening over the Easter break and ultimately our School Leaders will do what is right for your children and young people. Keep supporting each other, please don’t judge anyone’s well intentioned actions and most importantly of all, stay safe.

Best wishes, Chris Rollings, EQUALS Chairperson.


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