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Working with school

Your child will have the best chance of success if you work with their school. You know your child better than anyone else, particularly what works at home.
  • It can help if you share your experience and good ideas with the staff at school.
  • Teachers see your child in a different environment from you at home. They may have important knowledge and experience that they can offer you in return.
  • It is important to encourage your child and praise any achievements. You may find it helpful to set aside a specific time each day to talk with your child about school.
  • Try to be realistic in your expectations for your child. Small steps to success are important.
  • Teachers and other school staff will also benefit from your positive support and encouragement.
  • It is important to focus on your child's strengths as well as any need for additional support.
  • It may help to ask the question "What can we and the school do together to make something possible?"
  • Learning to play and share with other children is important. This will help your child develop good social relationships and build self-confidence.
  • Your child does need to be in school to take advantage of the education on offer. Try to avoid taking your child out of school during term time. 

You can provide useful information to the school about: 

  • Any hobbies and interests your child enjoys.
  • How your child behaves at home.
  • Any changes in general health or well-being of your child.
  • Changes within your family which may affect your child.
  • Appointments, medical treatments or assessments outside school.
  • Difficulties with areas of school work or homework you may have noticed. 

Most of this can be met by their local mainstream school, using funding from the school's own budget.

A small number of children may have significant and complex needs. They may need an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Assessment.

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