SEND

Let’s have a National Inclusion Commissioner (NIC) in the Hoodinerney Model 

It’s staggering that Gove could asset strip Local Authorities (LAs), give anyone with a heartbeat responsibility for running schools and take out the middle tier leaving accountability only between individual schools and central government. When he realised this, which most of us had known from the outset, the Department for Education (DFE) brought in school …

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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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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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Dyslexia

#dyslexiadebate 

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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