Specific learning difficulties

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


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


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



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


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



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


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


Meeting the challenges of ADHD

16 September 2015

Children who suffer with ADHD face daily challenges during their school life. Daniel Sobel discusses how teachers and teaching assistants can best support these pupils


Autism and girls

16 September 2015

Ahead of the second meeting of nasen’s new autism working group, Sophie Walker reports on the gender bias in autism preconceptions which means the needs of many girls who have the condition are going unmet


Case study: Autism and Autisan

2 July 2015

Kenny Bryce and Lorraine Dormand from the National Autistic Society explain how they are aiming to transform the employment prospects of students and adults with autism via Autisan Creative Enterprises


Teaching pupils with ADHD

27 November 2014

Dr Tony Lloyd offers advice on how to improve learning and achievement for pupils with ADHD.


ADHD and the new SEN Code

20 November 2014

The new SEN Code of Practice has wide-ranging implications, but what does it mean for children with ADHD? Dr Tony Lloyd explains.




Additional Support for Learning: Supporting all students

28 August 2014

The Advisory Group for Additional Support for Learning advises ministers on the implementation of legislation and policy. Nasen’s Jane Friswell updates us on its work and outlines some key priorities for the year ahead.


A language toolkit

8 May 2014

In Coventry, a three-stage model has been introduced to support learners with speech, language and communication needs. Sandi McKinnon explains.


The implications of Attachment Theory for schools

1 May 2014

A new programme to raise awareness of the practical implications of attachment issues in schools has published a set of training materials for teachers, school leaders and governors. Dr Janet Rose and Richard Parker explain.


When poor behaviour is a cover

17 October 2013

Students with language and literacy difficulties face huge barriers accessing the curriculum and often use poor behaviour as a strategy to cover up their problems. Speech and language therapist Jules Clarke advises.


Highlights from the Education Show 2013

17 April 2013

From new-look GCSEs and the Pupil Premium to discussions about dyslexia with the Fonz, seasoned Education Show delegate, Sal McKeown, offers her highlights from last month’s event in Birmingham.



The emerging new SENs of students born prematurely

10 January 2013

In an average class, there will be four children who have been born prematurely. Many of these students have emerging special needs that are different to what teachers have known before. Professor Barry Carpenter is leading work to help schools better sup


How much do you know about foetal alcohol syndrome?

15 November 2012

Would you know how to support a child with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? The ground-breaking work of the Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities project, led by Professor Barry Carpenter, is helping schools to cope with a range of increasingly

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