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About this Seminar:
The “last taboo” in education policy: how to work with families to improve outcomes for children
Every child has a family: mum and dad; often brothers and sisters; grandparents; and uncles and aunts. For some children, the family they live may not be “typical”: they may live with relatives or foster parents.
Whatever type of family a child lives in, the home environment is a crucial element in how they realise their potential. From the time they go to pre-school at 2, right up until they leave school at 16 or 18, involving whole families in the joint enterprise of educating their children gives huge rewards – to the children, their families and the teachers.
In this workshop, Chris will talk about how he developed Investors in Families, the quality mark that hundreds of schools in Wales have achieved. Sue, who was a primary headteacher for many years in Bridgend, will explain how school staff can make the best of a huge educational asset – the family.
During the workshop, delegates will be involved in some practical activities that can be used as ice-breakers for when families are invited to school. Delegates will go away with ideas to engage whole families in making the partnership with schools successful and enjoyable.
About the Speaker:
Executive Director Investors in Families
Chris has been at the heart of national policy making in children’s services and education for the past two decades, working for London Councils and then as Executive Director of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS). He has been chair and key member of a range of national policy groups in education and children’s services. He is Executive Director of Investors in Families, the national accreditation scheme for schools and other settings working with the wider family to improve outcomes for children and young people.
Sue Davies was a head teacher for 21 years. Sue is currently the Welsh lead for Investors in Families, an organization very close to her heart. Sue believes family’s are at the heart of the work we undertake in school. Success in engaging them is a key element of school improvement.
Sue was the strategic lead in Welsh Government for the Foundation Phase. She has undertaken work for the National Foundation for Education Research and has acted as a mentor to newly appointed head teachers. Sue has worked in a range of schools to support their journey toward continual improvement. Most recently Sue is working with aspiring head teachers to deliver leadership courses for Central South Consortium.