Just a quick one building on Rosie and Jo’s mum’s post ‘what to record and how to store it’…
One of those things I wish I had started years ago.
Use a table to keep a log. That is it. A little bit of effort now and I promise you, you will be so glad you did you will soon be annoyingly evangelical about it!
Two things have triggered this, firstly, a few weeks ago I helped a dear friend to create one of these. Since then it has proved to be useful over and over again. Secondly, I have been chatting ‘online’ to a number of parents who are a few years behind us in terms of their passage through the wondrous world of SEND in education. The latter has reminded me just how much I have learned and not to take it for granted. So here it is, it’s pretty self-explanatory. A completely made up example:
When it gets too long you can start ‘Table 2″ but continue the numbering from table one. That way, if you ever need to include is as evidence (for an appeal, tribunal etc) you can easily refer to the evidence. Bear in mind – we all started out thinking “That won’t happen to me”.
Don’t make it complicated! It needs to be easy so it requires as little effort as possible. If all you do is create one of these tables and then (as I do) bury all paperwork in a huge draw that will now barely open, at least this way you will know what to look for!!!
Keeping information this way can be helpful for lots of reasons. For example, straight away you can demonstrate that you don’t do stuff we get accused of: like ambushing school with too many emails and requests, being aggressive, not communicating, not working with school and so on.
We would love to hear your views:
- Newbies – read ‘what to record and how to store it’….. and if you give this table a go, then please get back to us and let us know how it goes, how it can be improved, how it has been useful and then consider sharing this with your thoughts – as widely as possible, to help as many others as possible.
- ‘Oldtimers’ – please do share your thoughts – share this blog with extra tips from you, add comments to the bottom and so on.
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