Education, SEND, Autism, ADHD, hidden disability, Suzy Rowland, Happy in School

Reviews, Exclude, Recycle

Tuesday, saw the publication of the Timpson Review on exclusions. As I was replying to emails in my PJs on Tuesday morning, I got an email from Channel 5 News, no less, asking me to comment on the review. After a brief telephone chat with news editor, they decided to do a face-to-face interview at my house. Eeek, I got dressed, made up and tidied the house in record time! The interview went out on Channel 5 news to co-incide with the report’s publication.

Aside from me sharing my story, it’s a story that’s all too relatable. Even though the soundbite is that ‘exclusion from school shouldn’t mean exclusion from education,’ for many thousands of children and young people and their families, especially from the Black Caribbean community, that’s exactly what it does mean!

Here’s the video, my segment’s right at the beginning. Do tell me what you think of the piece.

Suzy Rowland on Channel 5 News:…

Please share if someone you know has been affected by exclusion, particularly if they have autism or ADHD.

I was also contacted about doing a piece on mid-life career change for BBC Radio 5 Live, but some football match took up the air time…!

That’s enough media courting for one week, I’m back to finishing my workshop session for next week at the White House, Hampton. Hope to see you soon.

© Suzy Rowland

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Expert Overload & Imposter Syndrome

Arrived back from doing a huge talk in Birmingham at Khembe’s Return to Your Roots about autism and ADHD and their impact on Black children who are often diagnosed later or misdiagnosed (Institute of Education) and are pretty near the top of the exclusions table (Department for Education). I set up the #happyinschool project less than a year ago and have smashed many goals, without realising. Not specifically financial goals, but goals that have a value beyond monetary. I’m talking about building a sense of value and credibility in my brand. How?

1. I take risks, putting myself well out of my comfort zone.

2. I’m know who I want to engage and I like the engagement.

3. I’ve researched my specialism for the past 8 years.

4. I’m passionate about what I’m doing.

#happyinschool Founder, Suzy Rowland

5. I use every scrap of experience (good and bad) from my corporate communications, copywriting and marketing career, to boost engagement and present a professional and consistent brand. I won’t lie, there have been long nights and flashes of the dreaded imposter syndrome, especially with so many autism and ADHD experts to pick from. Then I remember what I’m doing is about people, families, fairness, equality, shifting mindsets and my heart breathes a sigh of relief. I’m working with values I believe in and they’re tangible to me. The educators and families I work with experience this first hand. Take THAT imposter syndrome!

I’ve been knocked sideways by the support and positive feedback from parents and look forward to seeing you at the next session at the White House in Hampton. Click on the link below of fill in the contact form. There is still much to share:


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And so, another session ends

Sometimes you just need to let a picture do the talking. Parent SEND workshops can be hard work, intense and tiring. At the #happyinschool project, we’re all about honing in on the positive, working with the information we’ve got and developing practical strategies to move us and our children forwards.  That’s why we’re here, in this space, sharing our stories.

Doing it the #happyinschool way utilises the technique of parent power, and one of the biggest powers we possess: our latent ability to parent with humour, resilience and a sense of purpose. Hang on a minute! That’s how we want our kids to approach their own experiences, so it makes sense that we start with their biggest influencer – us.

Sometimes, it’s not easy to feel these things, particularly on the days when we feel like we’re chewing on a bag of nails. But using the techniques in the sessions, peer support and a full and varied programme that gallops along for fifteen hours over a six-week period, something inside you will change. Take it from these guys, smiling faces. It’s an undiluted pleasure to lead these sessions, as we all emerge feeling a bit sturdier and a lot sharper, and that’s no mean feat. Well done everyone.

#happyinschool attendees – ambassadors for their children’s future

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©Suzy Rowland