Best practice

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



Dyslexia: A preferred way of learning

13 April 2016

Ahead of his workshop at Nasen Live, dyslexia expert Neil MacKay outlines some of the best approaches to meeting the needs of dyslexic students


SEND: Your legal duties

13 April 2016

Ahead of his workshop at Nasen Live, legal expert Mark Blois offers some practical reassurance for SEND staff about their legal duties


FAQs: Secondary SEND

2 March 2016

Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel answers three questions he often encounters in his work


Nasen Live 2016: SEND practice and reform

2 March 2016

With the recent significant changes to SEND practice, including the new Code of Practice, this year’s nasen Live event in April is offering CPD and best practice advice. Beverley Walters previews the event


Speech and language support in the secondary setting

20 January 2016

Speech and language skills continue to develop as students move into secondary education, with many needing particular help and support. Sal McKeown looks at the approaches and strategies of three schools



Inclusion advice: Moderate learning difficulties

2 December 2015

Including students with moderate learning difficulties in the mainstream secondary school setting can present challenges. Experts Daniel Sobel and Wendy Knott offer some solutions


The links between language ability and behaviour

25 November 2015

Are we focusing too much on the behaviour of children when we should be looking at intervention aimed at supporting language and communication ability? Educational psychologist Dr Zoe Owen discusses the links between language ability and unwanted behaviour – and possible interventions


A self-audit framework for your SEND provision

25 November 2015

How effective is your school’s overall SEND provision? Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel urges you not to wait for problems to develop, but to self-audit your SEND using the following framework


Effective SEN differentiation

14 October 2015

Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel discusses approaches teachers can use to achieve differentiation for SEN pupils and to maximise its impact


Case study: Careers and SEN pupils

14 October 2015

Making a successful transition from school to paid employment can be a challenge for students with SEN. Annie Grant visits a project that is helping them to break into the world of work


Specific language impairments

30 September 2015

Specific language impairments can often be lost within the broad category of speech and language needs. Jules Clarke explains

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