I was invited to a COPS meeting this afternoon. No they hadn’t eventually caught up with me! COPS is a an acronym for Co-ordinators of Pupil Support.
This group meets up five times a year to share practice and highlight common areas of concern. I was invited to take part in a discussion about the role and future of the group.
Perhaps the main point I made was to repeat an opinion I expressed in November 2006 about the need to refocus and reshape our support systems in schools to allow us to fully target our resources upon those who need it most.
One key starting point is that one of the group will join our Integrated Children’s Services Operational Group, which meets on a monthly basis to ensure a link between secondary schools and multi-agency approach we are developing