Best practice

Looked-after students and Attachment Disorder

8 March 2017

Looked-after students continue to struggle in our education system. Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel looks at why this is, including a focus on Attachment Theory and how we might reduce the high number of exclusions for this cohort


Inclusion and the teaching assistant

8 February 2017

Within the context of dyslexia, Dr Dominic Griffiths explains how high-quality training for teaching assistants can help to develop an inclusive school environment


New directions and strategies for ADHD

8 February 2017

ADHD students still underachieve and many professionals can struggle to understand the barriers they face. Colin Foley looks at new educational approaches and the support offered by the ADHD Foundation


Challenging schools: Five recurring themes

1 February 2017

Every school is different and must tackle its challenges in a way to suit its own circumstances. However, Daniel Sobel has seen some generally recurring themes and challenges faced by schools that could be classed as ‘vulnerable’



Bett Show 2017 – Your SecEd Guide

8 December 2016

SecEd's annual Bett Show Guide offers 32 pages of preview information to help you prepare for the world's largest educational technology event, which takes place at London's ExCeL from January 25 to 28.


NQT Special Edition: Supporting SEN pupils

23 November 2016

Supporting SEN in the mainstream classroom is a key duty for all teachers, but one that can feel like a huge challenge for NQTs. Expert Michael Surr offers his advice and reassurance


Creating a positive climate for learning

2 November 2016

What approach does your school take to inclusion and supporting all children to achieve? Leora Cruddas looks at some key tenets to help you reflect on your current provision


The changing role of SENCO

2 November 2016

Schools are finding it hard to recruit successful SENCOs. Daniel Sobel believes this is down to the changing requirements of this broad and vital position. He looks at the modern SENCO role


Getting your SEN Information Report right

12 October 2016

Schools are required to present a wealth of information on their websites and key among this is the SEN Information Report. Inclusion and SEN expert Garry Freeman advises


SEN: Teaching pupils with sensory difficulties

12 October 2016

Teaching children with autism sensory difficulties can provide specific challenges for classroom teachers. Kristina Symons breaks down some of the most common sensory barriers that these pupils can face


SEN: Considering exclusions

12 October 2016

Are you using the same fixed-term exclusions for the same pupils time and again? Headteacher Jarlath O’Brien urges school leaders to take a step back and reflect on their approach to exclusions


SEND: Teenagers with autism

28 September 2016

Understanding autism can allow teachers to better support students, especially when they encounter difficulties. Kristina Symons looks here at two prevailing traits of ASD as well as the social anxiety that is often common – and offers some practical advice




Achieving effective differentiation

22 June 2016

Differentiation is accepted as part of teaching, but do we really offer true differentiation to all students, including those with SEN? Daniel Sobel says that too often we don’t. He looks here at a more nuanced and investigative approach to differentiation


Autism: Ten keys to inclusion

25 May 2016

The award-winning Cherrywood Centre at Benfield School offers vital support and inclusion for learners with autism. Janice March offers mainstream schools 10 key pieces of advice


SEN and parental engagement

25 May 2016

When supporting the education and development of children with SEN, effective working with parents is crucial. Garry Freeman offers some practical advice to schools and teachers


Supporting dyslexia at A level

18 May 2016

Dyslexia can hit A level students hard as both the difficulty and extent of academic work increases. Kristina Symons offers practical strategies to support the dyslexic A level learner



Technology and SEND education

11 May 2016

For SEND pupils, the effective use of technology has the power to make education more inclusive. Terry Waller offers his thoughts on how technology can best be used in this regard


Tackling the bullying of pupils with SEND

4 May 2016

Disabled students and pupils with SEN are more likely to be bullied – a hard truth that is too often overlooked. Drawing on work by the Anti-Bullying Alliance to develop effective practice to tackle this kind of bullying, Sophie Keenleyside offers some practical advice to schools


Supporting autistic girls

27 April 2016

There are many more autism diagnoses for boys than there are for girls, but this does not mean girls do not have autism. Emma Lee-Potter speaks to Sarah Wild, the head of the only boarding school in the country specifically for girls with autism


Preparing SEN pupils for adulthood

20 April 2016

There is much more focus now on schools’ role in preparing young people with SEN for their adulthood. Ahead of her workshop at Nasen Live later this month, Linda Jordan considers what schools need to be aware of


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