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SEND: Engaging with your parents

In the last of three articles on parental engagement, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at SEND – an issue where effective and open collaboration and communication between parents and schools is vital

Collaboration and partnership between the school and the home is perhaps most essential when it comes to supporting a child with SEND.

Jointly agreed strategies and approaches to learning, behaviour and emotional support are vital if a child is to succeed and thrive. But the complexities and sensitive nature of SEND can lead to these relationships often being strained, with conflicting ideas of what is best for the child and how this can be achieved.

Lorraine Petersen, an educational consultant specialising in SEND and the former chief executive of special needs association Nasen, agrees that relationships between teachers and parents can become fraught with difficulties.

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