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How it all began
In 2004, two women began running parenting courses in a school in a deprived area of Dorset. One of them was working in Behavioural Support in the school and had identified a need to further support parents & carers in their role. At that time, neither of them could have envisaged the journey they had begun.Using a combination of parenting course resources and their own ideas and skills, Katy Phillips and Karen Todd continuously adapted and improved the courses they were offering. Shortly after starting these courses in Conifers Primary School (Weymouth, Dorset), the local Chesil Education Partnership (comprising 27 schools in Weymouth & Portland) asked for the courses to be offered as part of their 1700 CPD project*. The parenting courses became an instant success and, as word got around, their popularity continued to increase with waiting lists being the norm.
In the winter of 2006, Katy and Karen were introduced to The Innovation Unit and in 2007, The Innovation Unit offered to fund the development of The Fusion Programme as part of their Next Practice initiative. The women were assigned a consultant, Helena Renfrew-Knight and work began in developing The Fusion Programme resources.