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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…

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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…

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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…

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Parents: Help Your Child Succeed: Year 9 Dyslexia

What do you do when your child, who is no longer a child, but a young adult, is diagnosed with Dyslexia? This has just happened to a parent I know and it has come as a big shock. Why? Firstly, we are entitled to ask why such a diagnosis has only just been made? Why…

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SATS: To stay or to go?

Labour want to scrap SATS for primary pupils. A good move or not? There is no doubt that SATS have developed a bad reputation, mainly because many schools have given in to the temptation to teach for the test, rather than in the interests of each pupil’s individualised learning. SATS has also developed into a…

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