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.
Watch the short video below to hear Jenny Hawkes, co – author of the Lenny and Lilly books from Beyond Words, (and Primary School teacher) explain how to use a wordless story book , if you are unfamiliar with doing so.
This video clip is ideal, too, for introducing parents to the notion of wordless stories and their value in children’s mental and emotional development.
The Department for Education, in collaboration with NHS England and Public Health England, hosted this free webinar for school and college staff on 9 July on how to support returning pupils and students mental wellbeing. You will hear from experts on the impacts of the pandemic on children and young people’s mental wellbeing and recovery techniques, and from education leaders about the actions they have been taking.
This Australian produced video raises some important issues related to the management of people with FASD in the criminal justice system of any Country.
As an Educationalist, the issues raised underscore for me the need for high quality Education for children and young people with FASD, to prevent some of the tragic admissions to the criminal justice system. Many go on to become ‘revolving door prisoners’ with no quality of life.
One day Society will wake up to this ticking time-bomb.