Time for a change

Time for a change


So there you go. Half a lifetime of teaching children has now come to an end. My last week was an emotional time with students, and in particular my form group making me feel that I should reconsider my decision to leave the profession. They were an amazing bunch of talented and caring young people who really did challenge the stereotypical teenager (remember Kevin and Perry?) label because they were nearly always in a good mood and if somebody wasn’t the others would look after them during the school day and beyond.

So why leave?

  1. To indirectly support many more children by working more closely with parents/ carers and other professionals involved in education.
  2. To develop parent/ carer networks and support Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) networks.
  3. I’m already working with other outside agencies that deliver support aimed at all disadvantaged students, not just those with Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities (SEND) and I believe that growing the number of people who share a similar ethos to me as explained on the Welcome page is a step towards realising that.

Why are those things important?

I’m passionate about finding out what kids are good at, regardless of whether they have a SEND, and then helping them to build on that talent under the guidance of adults who think like me. My reasons are due to lifelong personal experience (my brother who has SEND and parents were not supported effectively during his education), but also through professional experiences both before and during my time as a SENCO. Thankfully lots of parents shared with me their thanks for the support I provided as a SENCO see Testimonials, which shows how things have moved on since my brother’s time, when SENCOs didn’t exist! He was, and is still, talented in ways that the education system does not assess – which made me think of a video I watched a few years back!

One of the most uplifting and inspirational training sessions I’ve ever been part of involved having to watch this video clip from a TED talk from 2007. Sir Ken Robinson knows his stuff and delivers in a really engaging style. If you haven’t seen it before it is well worth 20 minutes of your time but if you have and are already inspired, skip to 15 minutes to remind yourself what he says about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

That’s why we need to make sure we have people in schools and other educational settings that can bring out the best in children and young people, not just in terms of their English and Maths GCSEs, although as Sir Ken said, they are still just as important as dancing!

We also need to make sure that parents and carers know how best to work with schools and other professionals to ensure that their children grow to be the best they can be wherever their strengths lie.



  • Jo Greenhalgh | Aug 5,2017

    Hey! Great decision! Can’t quite work out if you’ve gone out into consultancy / set up an alternative ed programme… Whatever it is – good luck and good on ya! Drop me a line when you’ve got a few spare minutes. Must catch up for a beer next time we’re back. X

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