Specific learning difficulties


Moving beyond the label: Needs not diagnosis...

18 January 2021

For many parents and too many professionals, the diagnosis is seen as a magic answer and the solution to a child’s difficulties – but it is not. Sara Alston discusses the risks involving diagnostic labels and looks at how we must provide SEN support based on need



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


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



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



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





The rising tide of sensory troubles: An overview (part 1)

23 January 2019

In a three-part series for SecEd, inclusion specialist Joanna Grace addresses the sensory challenges that many pupils face, the resulting behaviours we may see in schools, and how teachers should handle these problems


SLCN in key stage 3: Identification (part 2)

16 January 2019

Speech, language and communication needs can underpin many other problems. Continuing his series, Matt Bromley looks at how secondary schools must have good systems in place for identifying pupils with SLCN


SLCN in key stage 3: Supporting students (part 1)

9 January 2019

Speech, language and communication needs can be the underpinning reason for many other problems and should be on the radar of every secondary school. In a new five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at how to support SLCN in key stage 3


SLCN: A difficulty in understanding?

28 November 2018

Continuing his SecEd series, Daniel Sobel describes a common intervention scenario that he sees in schools and which often goes wrong because we don’t spot the student’s primary need




Attachment-aware schools

5 September 2018

Attachment-aware and trauma-informed practice can help to support some of the most vulnerable pupils in our schools, including those who are looked after. Virtual school head Darren Martindale advises


Tes SEN Show: A focus on SEMH

5 September 2018

The Tes SEN Show takes place on October 5 and 6 and will focus on issues relating to social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). Head of content and chair of this year’s keynote panel discussion, Beverley Walters, looks at the CPD and seminars on offer


SEN: Getting SLCN support right in your school

4 July 2018

Effective support for children with speech, language and communication needs is essential, but how does your school measure up? Ten years on from the Bercow Review, Mary Hartshorne looks at the situation today and gives us a checklist for best practice


Supporting all students with SLCN

7 February 2018

In this three-part series, experts Carmen De Pablo López and Marina Breed are advising on speech, language and communication needs. In the final part, they look at how they are able to ensure that students with SLCN get the support they need and don’t slip through the net


Bridging the communication gap in the classroom: Part 2

31 January 2018

In this three-part series, experts Carmen De Pablo López and Marina Breed are advising on speech, language and communication needs. In part two, they explore some strategies to help unlock language and communication


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