Parent, Carer and Teacher Forum

For some parents and carers, challenging the wisdom of education professionals or merely stepping foot inside their child’s school is daunting. SEND Code of Practice: 0 – 25 acknowledges that ‘parents know their children best’ and sets out the importance of listening to, and working collaboratively with parents.

This is why the popular Parent and Carer Forum included teachers for the first time to create the Parent, Carer & Teacher Forum. Visitors learned more about important topics including communication, motivation and parental involvement. The Forum will provided a safe space to access support from peers who understand your challenges.





Time Information
10:30 - 11:00
Dream big, anything is possible!
Sherann Hillman, head of family services , Seashell Trust, Parents in Partnership Stockport (PIPS)

Sherann will for the first time share her journey from being a mum of 3 children with SEND, feeling isolated and not knowing who to turn to, to playing a lead role in changing the lives of families with SEND locally, regionally and nationally. Communication was key to this pathway and is the theme of today’s forum
11:15 - 11:45
Why is good communication important?
Sherann Hillman, head of family services , Seashell Trust, Parents in Partnership Stockport (PIPS)

Communication and trust are two of the main ingredients for successful relationships between families and education providers, so how do we improve our capacity for both?
12:00 - 12:30
Partnering with parents
Tina Emery, southwest regional representative, National Network of Parent Carer Forum (NNPCF)

'How to get the best outcomes by working together' – sounds so easy when said out loud, but in truth seems a minefield. Where to even begin? We have some ideas and inspiring case studies to help you think about how to do this differently.
12:45 - 13:15
Amazing strengths of autistic girls
Sarah-Jane Critchley, founder, A Different Joy

Understand how autistic girls may present differently to autistic boys, why diagnosis is harder to get and how to help them best. Autistic girls are hugely vulnerable. This session explains why this is and what you need to know in order to communicate with them effectively, to enable them to live their best lives and bring their amazing skills to the world.
13:30 - 14:00
Welcome to Holland. The highs and lows of living with a special needs child
Nigel Armitage, , Special Needs Today: by parents, for parents

Nigel will focus on his personal experience as a parent of a son with SEN, in particular, the importance of helping both his son and himself through research that help to understand his son's medical conditions.
14:15 - 14:45
How do I motivate my child?
Sarah Stones, , Plain Sailing Motivation

Is it sometimes difficult to motivate your child? This session will discuss how we are all motivated by different things and that what motivates you may not be the same for your child. This session will look at the different things that motivate us and how to look out for them in children, and identify simple techniques and takeaways to improve motivation.