Propping up the parents; daily life with children with SEND


Relationships between school staff and parents of children with SEND are not always harmonious – staff sometimes view SEND parents as aggressive and unreasonable. This session shines a light on the parents’ experience to promote better understanding; of an adversarial system which puts them into permanent fight mode; the exclusion they experience, not just from mainstream education but also from society and social experiences; the daily pressures in the home and between siblings; and the problem of the eternal conundrum – parents think their child is capable of more, and teachers think the parents are in denial. Both are right.

Across two days, over 250 sessions will take place at the Festival. A full timetable of sessions will be available from late May 2019. Until this point we will only be announcing the day(s) sessions will be taking place.