Direct complementary educational services
AN INDISPENDABLE ADDED VALUE
Sophie Massé, Vice-prEsident, FPPE(CSQ)
In the recent provincial election campaign, education issues were barely touched upon. This shortfall was particularly despised by all school stakeholders, including the FPPE(CSQ). However, last September, the Coalition Avenir Québec committed to the creation of a virtual professional services platform complementary to those offered in schools.
This promise came as a surprise to the FPPE-CSQ, as the Ministry of Education is currently reviewing the funding and organization model for services for students with special needs.
The FPPE-CSQ recently held meetings with several professionals in a wide range of job classes to better understand diversity, guidelines, and the conditions that need to be implemented as well as the factors and the limitations that affect the organization of remote professional services in schools.
What emerged from these consultations is that direct practice with students, observations, follow-ups, and connections with school staff (as well as all those who work with them) provide added value when carried out in the school environment. Based on their expertise, professional staff are the ones who are best equipped to judge and make the best decisions on the optimal means of meeting needs based on the realities of each student and their environment.
This is why the FPPE(CSQ) would like to reiterate that quality professional services must be offered to students in their educational environment in order to be most relevant and effective, and it is first and foremost in this area that government’s efforts must be concentrated.
Professional services are an integral part of the school setting and working with students, in the classroom, in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, as well as with school personnel and families, truly benefit the educational journey of all students.
The FPPE(CSQ) will make sure to broadcast this message in its upcoming policy discussions with the new ministre de l’Éducation