Barnardos. (2019). Submission to Department of Education and Skills on Guidelines for the use of Reduced Timetables. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/791
Barnardos provides services before, during, and after school to support children in their social and emotional development, which ultimately supports their education. We provide two evidence-based programmes in schools. A reading programme, called Wizards of Words, that targets literacy development and a classroom-based programme called Roots of Empathy, which has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children by raising social-emotional competence and increasing empathy. We know the transformative affect education can have on a child’s life, however for some children this potential is restricted due to the use of reduced timetables.
In our work with children we recognise that reduced timetables can sometimes be used as a tool to support a child or young person manage their educational attendance. For example, in instances of teenage pregnancy, Barnardos has previously worked collaboratively with schools to negotiate a reduced school day in order to support the holistic needs of the young person. In other instances, a closely managed process of re-integrating within the school as part of the use of a reduced timetable has proved successful.
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