Family Support

The Family Support team organise a wide range of opportunities for parents, carers and even siblings to get involved and connected to the school across the year- this can be in the form of information workshops on set topics such as toileting or sleep, sibling social events and coffee mornings for parents to catch up and socialise with other parents and school staff.

We have connections with many external agencies and support systems and have already helped many Dysart families with a huge range of queries and concerns; if we can’t help ourselves we can connect you with the right people to assist you.

We regularly help families in applying for blue badges, freedom passes, DLA payments and funding or grants for equipment, clubs and holidays. It is really important to us that families receive the support and assistance they need as we know that this in turn positively impacts our students too.

Our door is always open and the kettle is always on for an informal chat face to face or over the phone.

Meet the team:

Kara Walters, Family Support Lead, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 


I have been working at Dysart school for 14 years teaching across all key stages and has previously led on the school’s assessment. As well as doing the Outreach Support she now leads the Family Support Provision at Dysart. Kara enjoys building deeper relationships with schools and families across the borough, ensuring that learning from each other and working collaboratively is at the heart of what she does both with Outreach and Family Support.


Christine Powell, Family Support, Mon-Fri. 


I have been at Dysart for 31 years and have experience working in a range of classes across both Upper and Lower school. I have assisted many of our families in transitioning their children to colleges or provisions beyond Dysart and previously lead on Travel Training, assisting pupils to access public transport in the wider community. Having supported pupils within the class environment I am now loving the opportunity to do the same for their families, my favourite events are the parent/carer coffee mornings where we get the chance to chat with families in a more informal setting.


Family Focus

A word from the team- “Keep an eye out in the fortnightly school newsletter for our “Family Focus” section where we will share information we have gathered for things that are on offer to our families in the local community. We are always on hand for anyone requiring advice or guidance in finding support for their family or child, both in school and beyond.”


You are rightly proud of your work around pupil wellbeing, and ensuring pupils are ready for learning.  This has enabled you to establish a calm and purposeful learning environment for pupils with considerable needs.

Ofsted 2018

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