How is maths creative?
Most people do not think of maths as a creative subject. And that is the problem. Many children find maths uninspiring at best – and at its worst, boring. And if children are bored and disengaged with anything – learning does not happen. It is no surprise that many children struggle to succeed in maths….Read more
Learning styles : myth or what?
A recent question on my Twitter – are learning styles a myth? Or are they a valid means of differentiating activities for different children? This is my view on the issue. Firstly what are learning styles? The idea has been around for a while as VAK, standing for – visual, auditory and kinaesthetic ways of…Read more
We need to talk about Autism
Recent articles in the Times have highlighted the plight of children and young people with autism. One such article (Times 22.5) has the highly emotive title “‘Autistic children are seen as less than human.’ The article goes on to describe a boy who has been home schooled from the age of eight, admitted to hospital…Read more
Recognising the individual talents of people with SEND
The education system is failing many young people with SEND and we need to seriously consider different ways in which to turn failure into success. Why is it that we are so focused on the basic skills of education, those that are more easily assessed and judged, that we fail to recognise and reward talents…Read more
SEND: without labels
The SEND system is in a mess. Schools cannot fund it. Some schools struggle to know how best to support children who, for one reason or another, begin to lose pace with average levels of learning. It has occurred to me for some time that since the inception of SEND as a category of children…Read more