“the (seemingly) impossible task of getting our daughter into a suitable college…we have twice arranged and cancelled visits to an outstanding specialist college. Both times we were first discouraged and then subsequently warned off attempting to send our daughter there… We stumbled on specialist colleges almost by accident. The LA seems determined we should forget them” - Parent
So…why should specialist colleges be part of a…. “mixed economy of provision”?
3 parts to getting there Be clear about our message Build good networks Exude confidence
Explain why specialist colleges are important in one sentence without any hesitation …deviation or repetition
Key messages Improved outcomes and quality of life Solution not the problem Empowering support to take control over their lives “confident and resilient enough to move into adult life” Not a “level playing field” - people with disabilities are disadvantaged National centres of expertise are a vital component of the “mixed economy of educational provision”
Key stages – student campaign Developing a case for support (Jan – Feb) Identifying supporters (March – April) Data survey (March) Student and parent ambassadors (March – April) “The Big Difference” – social media campaign (April – June) Value for Money report and launch (May) The Directory Mob (June) “Roar” (June)
So…what can you do? Keep doing the day job brilliantly.. Data, data…and a bit more data Engage your student ambassadors Link up our parent power Create a network of supporters Harness digital power…
“The opposite of networking is NOT working” - Someone Smart