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Every child deserves a WILDHOOD!

From our friends at PAMIS:

At WILDHOOD we believe in the power of inclusive play, giving children with different needs the opportunity to play together without barriers.

This year we are delighted to announce that, thanks to funding from Better Breaks, PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society) are taking Camp PAMIS on tour and joining the fun at WILDHOOD, making the festival fully inclusive.

We are adding multi-sensory storytelling to our fabulous programme of events, with Leo and the Lightning Dragons and a specially developed WILDHOOD themed multi-sensory story.  We will have music sessions, art sessions and adapted games. We are excited about the return of Pony AxeS, with Simon and Obama bringing wheelchair accessible pony rides to the grounds of the castle. The Pamiloo will be with us as well, providing fully accessible toileting facilities.

PAMIS have a limited number of day tickets for families of children with profound and multiple learning disabilities so book soon. If you’re interested in finding out more, please get in touch with us here and we’ll get back to you with more information.

Rugby Trip Cancelled

Unfortunately, we’re no longer able to attend Edinburgh v Munster this Saturday, or make the guard of honour due to a shortage of wheelchair spaces.

We’re as disappointed as you are and will be phoning parents this afternoon to apologise.

Youth for Climate Change!

This morning, some of our Senior pupils joined many of their mainstream peers at the Youth for Climate Change march at the Scottish parliament.

It was wonderful for our young people to share this experience with peers from Leith Academy and other mainstream schools. Jack even met his cousin Calum there!

Much more, as ever on Twitter @Team_Oaklands


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There’s NO limit to our Core Words!

To follow-up on our focus on “yes” last month, our new Core Word is “no”!

We will be supporting our pupils to learn to communicate “no” with symbols, signing, body language, voice or communication devices.

Parents/carers – please check your child’s home-school diaries for your new “no” postcards, and watch this video below to find out how to sign “no” with your child.

Any questions about his? NO problem! Just contact Speech and Language Therapy at the school.

A Wonderful Day Out!

To celebrate Disabled Access Day on Saturday March 16th,  our friends at PAMIS are delivering a multi-sensory story at Scottish National Gallery Modern Art.

PAMIS (Promoting and More Inclusive Society), support people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, their families, friends, carers and professionals – such as us at Oaklands.

This is a wonderful opportunity for families to particpate in a fully inclusive event, right in the heart of Edinburgh.

A fully accessible Changing Places toilet will be installed for the occasion so hopefully many of you will be able to get along and enjoy the session.

Although PAMIS do not have a family support service in Edinburgh, we and they(!) are keen to get the information out to you all.

Pat and Susan from PAMIS are joining us earlier in the week, Wednesday 13th March at 6.30, to talk about their work as part of our Parent Council meeting. All welcome for what will be a very interesting session!

Please see the links below for more information:

Yes! It’s a new Core Word!

Our first new Core Word for 2019 is “yes”!

Here’s a video to show you how to sign “yes” with your children… and parents/carers check your child’s diary for your postcard with the “yes” symbol and ideas for practising “yes” at home!

Yes – you can ask Nicky in Speech and Language Therapy if you’d like any help with your child’s Core Words!  🙂

We’re all Going Swimming…Again!

For any Oaklands families who might be interested in swimming sessions at Braidburn school!


braidburn family swim application spring 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

Edinburgh Leisure, with support from the City of Edinburgh Council  are offering Family Swim Sessions on Saturdays during the Spring Term 2019.

The sessions are free for children with a disability and their families. 

There will be five separate sessions available on each of the identified Saturdays, you can register for your place by emailing a copy of the attached application form to or returning completed applications by post to:

Tommy George, Active Communities

Edinburgh Leisure

Vantage Point

3 Cultins Rd


EH11 4DF


On the form you can indicate which sessions you would like to access and provide details for family members who are planning to attend (Parents/Carers, Children with a disability and their siblings)

You can indicate your interest for as many sessions as you like, we will then do our best to fairly allocate spaces to all applicants as equally as possible

Demand for this service has been very high, with many requests for each available space – please try to remember that for every swimming space that you have been allocated there are another 5 people who have requested that same space. Please only request sessions which you intend to use.

Please return all completed forms by 5pm Monday 28th January 2019 – We will inform families of allocated spaces as soon as possible 

If you would like to chat through, have any questions or would like more info please email



Parent Council Meeting Postponed – 16.01.19

We’re really sorry to have to cancel tomorrow night’s Parent Council meeting.

We appreciate what a busy time of year this is for families and that many of you were unable to attend.

We are hoping to rearrange with PAMIS so that they attend our next meeting and look forward to welcoming many of you to that.

For now, here’s a taster of what they’re all about: