Testimonial: "One of the reasons we have a good relationship is because they know I appreciate their efforts. I guess it works both ways." Parent
The 3 things that helped my children have success at school
9 July 2019
I have two boys with disabilities and there are three key things that have helped them have a successful experience at school:
1. A belief by the school that all children deserved an education that suited their individual needs. This was matched by a commitment to work hard to achieve that.
2. The school’s willingness to work together with parents. There was respect for what I knew as a parent and consideration of my suggestions about possible improvements to the educational programs. This was also extended to specialists I invited to consult with teachers.
3. Good communication. Both support staff and teachers communicated regularly. Little issues were dealt with in the early stages before they escalated.
There was also a willingness to try new things and to make changes. The school listened to my suggestions and they were prepared to learn new skills and give things a go.
Student Support Group meetings have usually been well run and useful. I had input into setting the agenda and deciding which of my sons’ specialists would attend each meeting.
I have also made a point of taking time to give positive feedback to teachers and support staff. One of the reasons we have a good relationship is because they know I appreciate their efforts. I guess it works both ways.
I can’t say it’s all been smooth sailing, and there have been some difficult times, but overall I have been very happy with what has been put in place for my two boys.