In amongst all the hurly burly of life I suddenly realised earlier this year that it is FocusPsychology’s 10th anniversary! This prompted me to look in the mirror more closely to gauge how much I had aged (no matured) from the young new mother in 2006 to the fully fledged working parent balancing home and work demands in fast paced and relentlessly unforgiving 2016. It also prompted me to sit down and reflect on how our expectations of and approach to meeting the social, emotional and mental health needs of children and young people has, to an extent, devolved.
It has been a while since I blogged, not due to a lack of desire but because I needed reflection time to get my thought processes around the rapidly changing landscape I am witnessing out there in the world of schools. Not a day goes by without the likes of Nick Gibb and Nicky Morgan informing us how all is fine and dandy in schools. Well, I am not a school leader or a teacher but I do spend the majority of my week in schools around the country and I have a different view. Am I concerned?
Well I have lost my voice (literally) in time for half term! Some may enjoy the respite this provides and hunker down with a good book, I on the other hand have spent the morning contemplating and reflecting on what (if any) effect the new SEND Code of Practice has had on practice.
I have just returned from the Bett Show where we were launching our new software tool. Although we had an overwhelming positive response, what struck me was the type of software that other exhibitors were showcasing. Virtually all were selling academic tracking tools, one exhibitor’s stand had a variety of graphs plastered all over detailing the variety of ways their tool could crunch the numbers!
There is a cancer at the heart of our Education system, we might not feel it yet but if we don't do something about it the consequences for society could be catastrophic. In this blog we present our own experience of a worrying trend that all too many Educationalists recognise, but few are willing to openly debate.
Jagdish Barn, our Practice Lead, reviews the latest guidance from the DfE on Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools and finds herself angry and frustrated at the clear flaws in the document.