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Director, Parental Support & Family Learning
Julie Higson is the Director of Parental Support & Family Learning at ContinYou, one of the United Kingdom’s leading community learning organizations. ContinYou aims to tackle inequality and to build social inclusion by opening up opportunities for learning that will help people to change their lives and improve their own well-being and that of their families and communities. Through this national support service, Higson works with Local Authorities and school clusters in developing extended school practices. She also serves as a spokesperson at national events and coaches senior policy makers in best practices.
Prior to ContinYou, Higson served as the Community Development Officer for Wigan MBC in their local government Education Department. There she worked within regeneration target communities and their schools, developing community-based initiatives involving families with children of all ages. Her work has allowed her develop unique collaborative relationships with colleagues from colleges, health, police, local industry, voluntary sector and other sectors. She has been involved in ‘Parental Involvement’ initiatives and has developed and delivered training for Head teachers, teaching/non-teaching staff, parents, Parent Teachers Associations, carers, governors, volunteers, industry partners and colleagues on working with children both in school, at home and the wider community.
Higson has been a school governor, both parent and LA representative, for over 16 years, and currently serves as a chair of governors at a local primary school. She has a degree in Education specializing in Parental Involvement. She has two children, one of whom is registered blind.