SEN

First headship: Inclusion, curriculum & staff development

4 December 2019

Andrew Deen stepped into his first headship role in June. He spoke to Elliot Pearce about the professional journey he took to get to this point – and maps-out his priorities for delivering school improvement in a challenging context


ADHD: Classroom tips

19 November 2019

If teachers understand the real causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder then finding support strategies for the classroom becomes much easier. Garry Freeman advises


The SEND governor: Preparing for link visits

29 October 2019

Among the responsibilities of the SEND named governor is conducting link visits with their school’s SENCO. Matt Bromley looks at how we can ensure these are effective



Careers education for students with SEND

3 July 2019

Effective careers advice is vital for students with SEND, who are more likely to become NEET. Jenny Bayliss explains her school’s work to offer students the best advice and experiences


Case study: Award-winning autism support

20 March 2019

The Holmewood School, a seven to 19 autism specialist school, has won two prestigious awards in recognition of its work. Naj D’Silva explains more about what they do and offers her advice to mainstream schools when it comes to supporting children with autism


SEND: Busting common EHCP myths

6 March 2019

Since the introduction of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) as part of the wide-ranging SEND reforms of 2015, some questionable practices have risen at local authority level. SENCO Garry Freeman busts some myths about what is required and discusses practices that should be challenged...



The rising tide of sensory troubles: Low-level behaviours

6 February 2019

In a three-part series for SecEd, inclusion specialist Joanna Grace addresses the sensory challenges that many pupils face. In part three, she considers the smaller sensory behaviour challenges and offers classroom strategies






The rising tide of sensory troubles: An overview (part 1)

23 January 2019

In a three-part series for SecEd, inclusion specialist Joanna Grace addresses the sensory challenges that many pupils face, the resulting behaviours we may see in schools, and how teachers should handle these problems


SLCN in key stage 3: Identification (part 2)

16 January 2019

Speech, language and communication needs can underpin many other problems. Continuing his series, Matt Bromley looks at how secondary schools must have good systems in place for identifying pupils with SLCN


Vulnerable pupils: When students cannot relate…

16 January 2019

Continuing his series offering practical solutions to common difficulties experienced by vulnerable pupils, Daniel Sobel looks at the varying ‘relating’ challenges we might encounter


SLCN in key stage 3: Supporting students (part 1)

9 January 2019

Speech, language and communication needs can be the underpinning reason for many other problems and should be on the radar of every secondary school. In a new five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at how to support SLCN in key stage 3


SLCN: A difficulty in understanding?

28 November 2018

Continuing his SecEd series, Daniel Sobel describes a common intervention scenario that he sees in schools and which often goes wrong because we don’t spot the student’s primary need



SEND, Pupil Premium & parents

21 November 2018

The overlaps between Pupil Premium and SEND are clear and present in all schools. SENCO Garry Freeman looks at the crucial first step to all tailored provision – identifying needs – and also discusses working with parents and carers


SEND and school governance: Getting it right

14 November 2018

A school’s governing body must support and challenge the leadership, SENCO and other staff in order to ensure fair and equal access to education for all students with SEND. Matt Bromley outlines your responsibilities



Behaviour: Rules vs expectations

10 October 2018

Rules are necessary in games, but in relationships they are counterproductive. Headteacher Ryan Kilby explains why traditional approaches to behaviour can never be inclusive


Teaching pupils with SEN

26 September 2018

Every child is different and there is no such thing as a typical SEN pupil. However, by sticking to some basic principles of good teaching, we can offer effective support to ensure our SEN learners make progress. Matt Bromley explains


Attachment-aware schools

5 September 2018

Attachment-aware and trauma-informed practice can help to support some of the most vulnerable pupils in our schools, including those who are looked after. Virtual school head Darren Martindale advises

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