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Evaluating Sibs Talk

It is up to you as a school to decide if you will evaluate the Sibs Talk intervention and how you will do that.  It is important that SLT is involved in the evaluation process that you use.

These are the evaluation tools that we used for our Sibs Talk pilot project in order to evaluate the effectiveness of Sibs Talk on siblings’ wellbeing and their engagement with learning.

HIFAMS  – How I Feel About My School

The HIFAMS questionnaire has been designed to measure the happiness and subjective wellbeing of children in school. The questionnaire is composed of seven questions which asks children how they feel about school life.

This is a free tool developed by Exeter University Medical School and you can access the HIFAMS scale and information on how to use it here.

In our pilot the person delivering the Sibs Talk intervention asked the sibling to complete the HIFAMS scale at the beginning of session one and at the end of session ten.

SDQ – Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

In our pilot we used the T4-17 questionnaire which the class teacher was asked to complete at the beginning of session one and at the end of session ten.

This is a free tool. You can access the SDQ questionnaire and information on how to use it here.

Books recommended at Sibs Talk training

Very useful book on listening to and acknowledging feelings.

How to Talk so Kids will Listen and How to Listen so Kids will Talk, Faber and Mazlish

Book with 40 young sibling stories in their own words with tips on managing feelings and experiences. Will give you insight into the everyday lives of siblings of children with SEND.

Special Brothers and Sisters: Stories and Tips for Siblings of Children with a Disability or Serious Illness, Hames and McCaffrey

Sample letter to help you identify pupils who are siblings

To help you identify which of your pupils are siblings you can download and use this sample Sibs Talk letter to send to parents to identify siblings.