This podcast exalts Schools to shift the focus from partnership with parents to partnership with families; to embrace a more holistic and inclusive approach which values the contributions of all family members involved in a Childs life. At its loftiest this is a paradigm shift to more Family centred practice; in its practical reality it is about adjusting your school newsletter to read ‘dear families’, instead of ‘dear parents’.
In 21st-century Society, when so much childcare is delivered by family members other than parents, do we truly value their contribution ? Does it matter if the home – school liaison diary is completed by a grandparent ? Where is the ‘SibShop’ workshop event in the school calendar to enable siblings to come together for fun activities whilst bonding with other siblings whose life journey is also as a brother/ sister to a child with special educational needs/ disabilities ? Such approaches will enrich the practice of our schools, and the lives of our families, as the speakers in this podcast powerfully illustrate.
In conversation, Barry and Matthew reflected on the origins of the Think Piece, and Matthew, who is Principal at Baxter College, a mainstream secondary school, shares his thinking behind the 5 levers and how he and his team are applying them to plan the recovery process at Baxter College.
Reflecting on each of the 5 levers, Mat talks about the importance of ‘nimble leadership’ and being responsive to the individual needs of the whole school community in co-constructing the post pandemic curriculum, ensuring transparency throughout the journey.
Teacher Toolkit Podcast: Ross Morrison McGill interviews Professor Barry Carpenter about his career in Special Educational Needs.
This interview carries a particular focus on the education of children born prematurely, and interest shared by Ross McGill, as a Father to a pre term son, and Professor Carpenter, as an Educator and Researcher in this area.