Parents are involved in all aspects of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) reform program on the Isle of Wight, in a variety of capacities. Parent carer engagement has been coordinated and managed through Parent's Voice IW. Parent's Voice began with a small group of dedicated parents who wanted their voices to be heard in respect of the provision available for their children with special educational needs.
Parent representatives have been involved with all boards, groups and work streams related to the SEN reforms on the Isle of Wight, and continue to be involved. Supporting and working alongside the core members are the steering group. This consists of 11 parents who give their time on a voluntary basis and who meet at least monthly to decide on the direction of the group and ensure any decisions made are acted upon. Many members of the steering group have links with support groups already running on the Isle of Wight and some sit on other steering groups whose aims have much in common with the purpose and aims of Parent's Voice. A remuneration policy is also in place to ensure that parent carer contributions are recognised and all expenses are paid.
To find out more about Parent's Voice IW use the email below:
- call 01983 241494.
Visit Parent's Voice for more information.