Strengthening learning outcomes

Representatives from local schools, early learning facilities and community organisations attended a workshop at Agritas Trade College on Tuesday to learn about the Department of Education’s Family Partnership Model. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Early years. Educators and community professionals met to explore which qualities and skills, when used effectively and in partnership with parents, contribute to creating a nurturing and trusting learning environment.

Supported by the Department of Education, the Family Partnership Model (FPM) is an innovative approach to engaging families in their child’s education to achieve desired learning outcomes.

Members of the Early Years Advisory Committee, a sub-committee of the Circular Head Education and Training Consultative Committee gathered at Agritas Trade College on Tuesday. The Early Years Advisory Committee was established in response to the Learn for Life: Circular Head Literacy Plan 2014-19.

Representatives from local government and private primary schools, as well as staff from Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation, Rural Health Tasmania, Circular Head Children’s Services, Giggles Early Learning and Smithton LINC took part in the taster day.

Delivered by the Department of Education’s Suzanne Jones and Cheryl Larcombe, participants spent the day reflecting and discussing strategies to establish and strengthen compassionate relationships.

“The idea is to work in partnership with parents to achieve ultimate outcomes for children,” says Cheryl.

“The model provides a way of working that enables stronger relationships between family and [educators].

“It provides a basic foundation and understanding of how to relate to [various] family situations, and work together.”

The training delved into strategies to cope with certain situations and practise empathy.

“The hope is they might go away thinking about something differently, different ways to implement practices and deepen your thinking,” Suzanne says.

Smithton Primary School advanced skills teacher Libby Grey took part in a FPM training day in Ulverstone last year and after seeing its potential went to CHETCC to bring the program to Circular Head.

“It is very much about reflecting on practices and personal skills,” she says.

“Identify elements and ways of providing something in a different way.”

As a result of the information day, participants now have the opportunity to complete a five day FPM Foundation Training course to further develop their skills.

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