I listened with interest to the Business as (un)usual: Supporting vulnerable learners through Covid roundtable (#CovidRoundTable). As the panel shared their experiences it occurred to me that at some point – maybe now, maybe later – that schools may want to evaluate what they have achieved during this time. So here is my contribution to the debate. Here are the beginnings of an outcomes framework that seeks to capture the extent of the current schools context.
Resilience is currently a bit of a toxic word currently. The idea that we need to build young people’s resilience to ‘survive’ some of society’s contemporary challenges has hints of ‘victim’ blaming. Living in poverty – toughen up. Experienced trauma – develop grit. Mental illness – not strong enough. This is not where Every Child Should is coming from.
Arts and culture can make invaluable contributions to the education, health and wellbeing of disabled people, but they do not have the same access as nondisabled people. Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Arts and Culture organisations have been setting a path towards greater inclusion of young people with disabilities for some time. And many research reports, networks, initiatives and conferences have highlighted this as a common theme.