Fiona Ellis

Meet Fiona – our SEND Participation Officer

As a participation worker my days are varied depending on scheduled meetings with other professionals and agencies and planned activities and sessions with young people. Here is an example of a recent day:-

Three SEND young people were due to participate in an interview panel to select a candidate for the role of a SEND Inclusion and Quality Officer. The day started early to collect young people and make sure they are prepared and ready for their important role.  The young people were fantastic; they had devised their own set of questions for the candidates and made sure the candidates knew their views counted.

The day doesn’t end there, it was then over to the Disability Advice Bureau to support a young person in completing some paper work.

I also attended a meeting with a local health worker to discuss ongoing participation work with SEND young people in Cheshire East schools and how this can be delivered.

Comments from parents and young people regarding the interview panel experience

“I found it really interesting learning about all the experiences from the three potential people we were interviewing. It was positive as I decided to ask more questions and it made me realise that they all had good insight in some way of mental health and how to help.”

“I also asked them about themselves and they all seemed positive which is a good attribute. They were all interested in us and not just about the job role. I felt important as I had a role to play and felt confident in what I was doing.”

“Taking part in the interview panel gave me more experience in an interview and I have learned a lot of things from the interview panel. I liked everything about the interview experience.”

 “I enjoyed it! It allowed me to understand the interview techniques so this could help me next time I go for an interview. Thanks.”

“Being part of the interview panel meant the position of parents could be properly represented when discussing the nature of this new and important role. It was also a great opportunity for Cheshire East employees and parents to work together towards a common objective.”

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