Posted on Monday, 10 June 2013 at 10am
by Lifelong Learning Centre Staff.
I recently attended a seminar at Newcastle University about good practice developments in supporting children, families and communities. The event was led by Professor Liz Todd from the University’s Research Centre of Learning and Teaching. Even though the centre is based in the School of Education, it engages in a much broader agenda concerning the welfare of children, young people, families and communities than ‘classroom practice’.
Leaders from schools and children and young people’s services in the north east of England attended and discussed how schools were working together in partnership with broader services to improve the outcomes of families.
The ‘Children’s Zone’ model was central to the day. Both Liz Chennells and I were invited last year to contribute towards the adaptation of this Harlem (New York) way of working with the aim of constructing a framework that might work for disadvantaged communities in England.
Educationalists have long been aware that improving educational outcomes for children involves much more than excellent classroom-based learning and teaching practice. It is also about understanding the child or young person in the context of their broader experiences. This is why our Foundation and BA top-up degrees in Child and Family Studies have such a high take up from school-based staff. It was an inspiring event!