Best practice


Assess, plan, do, review: The graduated approach to SEN

3 October 2017

Best practice involves meeting pupils’ SEN through implementing the graduated approach using the assess, plan, do, review cycle. SEN expert Natalie Packer considers the teacher’s role and offers some practical advice


SEN: Are you listening?

3 October 2017

Are you listening to your SEN students? Teacher and SEN expert Adele Devine discusses strategies and resources that she has found effective in helping to support SEN students by reducing their anxiety and building good mental health



Calling all SEN professionals

20 September 2017

Taking place on October 6 and 7, the 25th annual Tes SEN Show offers a range of CPD seminars, practical workshops, and debates. Show organiser Beverley Walters previews this year’s event


Dyslexia: The inside story

13 September 2017

Ahead of her appearance at the Tes SEN Show in October, Kate Griggs, founder of the charity Made By Dyslexia, outlines what dyslexia is, how it affects learning, the skills that dyslexic children often have, and how we can support them



SEN in schools: Who should do what?

17 May 2017

New legislation, including the SEND Code of Practice 2015, has led to a dramatic overhaul of SEND practice in schools. Two years on, Garry Freeman looks at who should now be doing what to meet the new requirements


Case study: The school that abolished punishment

26 April 2017

The outstanding Kilgarth School caters for boys with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Recently it took the decision to remove sanctions for poor behaviour. Emma Lee-Potter paid a visit to discover why


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

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