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Parents: navigate the new SEND system

My last blog was about understanding how teachers differentiate work for children who fall behind in class. This often works well for the majority, enabling children to catch up without a problem. But what about those children who need more support than differentiation alone can offer? Recent changes to the SEND system have included the…

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Differentiation: How parents can help

Hi All, My last blog was about identifying children with Special Educational Needs accurately: that vital first stage of spotting and helping children who start to struggle with class-based work. I talked about the importance of differentiating for different groups and individuals and ended the blog by stressing how parents could have a huge role to…

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

On the BBC Radio 4 programme, You and Yours today – we hear about yet another instance of the trauma experienced by a former pupil with autistic behaviours. This is not the first time I have heard of pupils being placed in isolation for perceived misdemeanours but surely there has to be a better way of…

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Language and Thinking

I think it was the Russian psychologist, Vygotsky, who first associated child development with social interaction, and the crucial role of language in particular. Can humans think without language? Do we need words to reason and reflect on our experiences? Interesting questions that have fascinated me all the way through my teaching career. I have…

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Support for children with Special Educational Needs

The Times on Sunday carried an article about the difficulties and delays in obtaining the right kind of support for children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND). It is alarming to think that children with difficulties such as hearing impairments, autism or Down’s syndrome are being left without a place at a special school…

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