In SEND education teachers cannot work in a bubble (please excuse the terminology this was written pre COVID!). We must embrace the views of the students, parents, and carers in order to gain as much insight into the lives of our students as possible. Parents and schools must work in partnership. As a parent myself, I worry about my children when they are at school. So I asked the following question:
“What, as parents you are most afraid of at school for your child? I have often had discussions about the care side, in fact this is the conversation that comes before the academic side. What do you worry about?”Joe White
Responses by Parents
There was a clear mix between the social and academic aspects of education but with a heavy emphasis on social interactions and how children would cope with interactions between peers and with teachers.
I worry I will fail advocating for him at the school and he won’t have proper care or academics.
I wonder how his day is really going at school. I worry he might get depressed in the near future because he hates being there; he tells me that often.
My son says he hates school too and it really worries me. He doesn’t know how to make friends and prefers to be alone.
I worry about him having friends and getting teased. I’m a second grade teacher, so I also worry about the academic side of things. He can read at a 3rd/4th grade level, but he can’t write to pass the test. He hates writing. We are working on it.
I worry about his completion of assignments and tasks as they continue to get harder. It’s easy in second grade, but his handwriting is awful and he tires easily. Doing longer assignments are difficult, he gets frustrated and fatigued. How will he do in middle school?
Thank you for reading and please add your own thoughts to the comments section.