Meet the speakers of the Earwig Tes SEN Show Parental Engagement seminar
Earwig Parent Engagement Workshop – Friday 8th Oct – 9.45
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‘Getting from Parent Interest to Full Parent Engagement’.
Since Covid forced homeschooling over the last year, parents, many parents for the first time have a new level of ‘engagement’ with schools. This seminar covers how to capitalise on this unusual situation and try and convert parents from ‘interested’ into ‘fully engaged’.
The 45 minute seminar will be hosted by Peter Gelardi (Earwig MD) with special guests Headteacher David Maycock and Kimberley Legg, Head of Assessment and Outcomes, from Addington School in Reading and will then be followed by a workshop discussion on the whole issue of improving parental involvement in SEN learning.
David has spent 15 years in two Outstanding schools in Reading and is now the Deputy Head at Addington School. He is a co-creator of the SILSAF (Specialist Independent Living Skills Assessment Framework), which is used in several schools across the country.
“From my experience of supporting many students and their families into adulthood, those that are most successful at fulfilling their aspirations are those whose parents have worked closely with the school. I am excited about the prospect of engaging parents further with their child’s learning and seeing the impact this will have on future aspirations. This will build upon the increased involvement from families that we were able to foster using systems like Earwig over the past 18 months of COVID.”
Kimberley Legg has been the Head of Assessment and Outcomes at Addington school for three years. Prior to that she was Head of Complex Needs at Brookfields School (Ofsted Outstanding) for 12 years.
“All of our families have different needs and engage with the school community at differing levels. Our approaches to engaging families need to reflect these differing levels and needs. At Addington we have developed a parent engagement level to support our teachers and staff to better understand and provide for those needs when working with our families.”
Peter is the CEO of Earwig Academic Reporting Ltd which, for the last seven years, has provided the Earwig teaching evidence and pupil assessment software and advice to the leading special schools around the country.
“The Earwig software enables schools to share their teaching and pupil progress with parents in a slick and seamless way. But it is only a tool. To be effective in engaging parents from diverse backgrounds in their children’s education requires school leaders with imagination and commitment to work to a plan. Addington has such a plan.”