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TES talks to…Jo and Tilly Palmer-Tweed

The former head and her daughter tell Helen Amass about their experience with cancer and how schools need to do more to support students undergoing treatment

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To understand how to fully support a child with cancer, a teacher has to first imagine that their own child has been diagnosed with cancer, according to Jo Palmer-Tweed, a former Department for Education adviser and now executive director of a Scitt (school-centred initial teacher training) group and the strategic lead of the government’s Expert Subject Advisory Groups.

She speaks from a position of experience: her daughter, Tilly, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at just 13 years old.

“The number of people who have said to me ‘I can’t imagine what it must be like’...[well] actually, you ...

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