Inclusive teaching strategies

The return of the card sort 

Ditch the card sort at your peril. A card sort can be anything from cutting some information up and then piecing it back together to using cards with information and sorting into piles.  Card sorts get a bad press. Often described as a remnant of the past where teachers spent hours laminating and cutting up …

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Exclusionary practice

Being shocked keeps us human.

What appals us initially can become normalised over time if we are exposed enough and our leaders show no reaction. This is especially true when there is motive attached to a mission such as improving life chances for the disadvantaged. Phrases such as ‘kill with kindness’, ‘tough love’ and ‘it’s for your own good’ purport …

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The Art of Imperfection and the crap-o-meter 

If I ask you what you’re crap at, I imagine you can give me a list. You can add it to my high tech, evidenced-based crap-o-meter if you like. Exercise, not spending time with the kids, saying things I regret to students, spreading myself too thinly … the list goes on.  But what about your …

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inclusion SEND

Giving SEND learners an equal shot at education

Exclusion has become a social justice issue and shows how England’s education system is failing the most vulnerable. This was my message at the SEND policy review organised by Brahm Norwich from Exeter University this week (4.2.19).  I was invited to give evidence on preventing exclusions following my contribution to the Education Select Committee last …

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Today, (31st January), I was debating with Professor Julian Elliot at UCL on whether dyslexia should remain as a label. I was called brave for agreeing to the #dyslexiadebate but I was beginning to wonder if I was just stupid! Still, Professor Elliot was welcoming and respectful and as is often the way with such …

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