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.

Focusing on home education, parental involvement and inclusion in schools, the Parent, Carer and Teacher Forum at Tes SEN North provides a safe space to discuss your issues with peers.

These sessions are free-to-attend and cannot be pre-booked - so arrive early to get a seat.


Time Information
10:30 - 11:00
Inclusion, exclusion and home-schooling

Why are parents turning their backs on schools and is it really a matter of choice? Home education has always been the preferred option for a minority of pupils, but more parents are finding themselves in the position of having to home educate children who are too anxious to attend school or for whom there is no suitable provision available. What are the rules and options?
11:15 - 11:45
Overlooked, ignored and invisible: the growing population of girls excluded from school

Girls who may challenge our regular systems and practices need more, not less guidance from supportive and compassionate adults and their families need support too. Examining exclusion experiences of autistic girls and families can help us as educators to explain the symptomatic disenfranchisement they often experience.
12:45 - 13:15
Inclusion: one size does not fit all

When does inclusion become exclusion. An autistic perspective on what good inclusion looks like.

13:30 - 14:00
Importance of parent involvement in inclusive education provision

Parental engagement has a large and positive impact on learning for children and young people with SEND. In this session we will take a fresh look at what parent involvement is in our world today and its impact on addressing the challenges.

Steve Almy will provide signing service for this session.
14:15 - 14:45
Homework: Battle or Fun?

Homework can easily become a battleground as our children are already tired after a long day at school.  This session will offer a range of websites, apps and ideas to make homework easier for both the children...and the adults!