SEN

Behaviour: Verbal and non-verbal communication

28 September 2020

There are many children who expend much of their time and energy trying to decipher adult communications and masking their responses with ‘poor behaviour’ when they feel that they have misunderstood. Sara Alston looks at verbal and non-verbal communication




Secondary RSE and SEND inclusion

1 September 2020

Relationships, sex and health education is a statutory requirement from this month. Rachael Baker looks at what we must do to ensure our curriculum is inclusive for SEND learners and offers some resources, advice and ideas





An easier way: The nine Rs of differentiation

2 June 2020

In writing their new book on differentiation, Daniel Sobel and Sara Alston drew on expert advice to create a list of easy and quick things that would result in real differentiation for most children. The best news of all, they all begin with R...


Attachment theory and children’s learning in school

1 June 2020

Attachment theory has clear and important implications for education. Dr Elizabeth Harlow considers its relevance to children’s learning and looks at how some schools have been applying the principles of the theory to the organisation of pastoral support and teaching and learning


Understanding and supporting SEMH pupils

20 April 2020

Drawing on the outstanding work of Adelaide School, a special provision in Cheshire catering for pupils aged nine and upwards, Sarah Barlow offers advice to mainstream schools on supporting students who face social, emotional and mental health challenges


SEND and SENCO support: Tenets of best practice

4 March 2020

The high numbers of pupils with SEN are putting a huge strain on school finances – and on SENCOs themselves. Margaret Mulholland looks at some tenets of best practice, what Ofsted wants to see, and how schools can best support their SENCOs


Differentiation: Time to rethink our approach?

26 February 2020

Differentiation for pupils, including those with SEN, is important – but it does not have to be all-consuming for the teacher. Daniel Sobel and Sara Alston discuss some simple adjustments to our thinking and teaching


SEND: Meeting with parents and carers

26 February 2020

The SEND Code of Practice requires schools to involve parents in decision-making about their children’s education. Garry Freeman considers how teachers and others can hold effective, impactful meetings with parents/carers


Supporting autistic learners: 11 things to think about

12 February 2020

Most teachers will have autistic students in their classrooms and will need to consider this when planning their lessons. SENCO Garry Freeman outlines 11 key strategies and approaches that have proven effective


Tics and tourette’s in the classroom

22 January 2020

Around one child in every 100 will have some form of tic disorder or Tourette’s. John Dabell looks at how these conditions manifest themselves and offers some tips for supporting young people in the classroom


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

30 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


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