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All hail! In the inclusive classroom, the mini whiteboard is queen.

The humble mini whiteboard has been popping up all over the place recently: on my twitter timeline, in conversations with teachers and most recently in research. It’s as if she is poking me in the back, ‘Oi, you forget me, I am undervalued and overused, give me some credit and attention’. OK Ms Mini whiteboard, …

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Crypto-Criminalising  children 

Adverts recruiting prison guards to control behaviour in schools has a similar whiff of the old troops to teachers campaign a few years ago. The idea that a regimented, strict and controlling approach for children is what schools require is beginning to become mainstream. The underlying message here suggests our schools are out of control, …

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More is less 

Poor kids get ReadWriteInc – they’re PP you see and as everything is costed, it is considered that scarce resources should be spent on something tangible to measure progress. The Reading for Pleasure initiative from the Book Trust is not easily measured. Teachers tell the senior team that it’s lovely, they are seeing real enthusiasm …

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All schools are equal but some are more equal than others

I recently attended the Festival of Education at Wellington College and heard Amanda Spielman give a keynote. Amanda Spielman, OFSTED’s new leader gave a rousing talk at the Festival of Education last week. She listed ways in which schools were gaming the system:  allowing students with EAL to take a GCSE in their first language …

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Treat the Need not the Label

Every few months a newspaper report comes along to claim ‘dyslexia doesn’t exist’ or ‘ADHD is made up’. Of course, this is usually a sensationalist version of a new report showing controversial research in the field. Yesterday, Tom Bennett wrote an article on the misdiagnosis of ADHD and dyslexia. https://www.tes.com/news/school-new…r-dyslexia-and-adhd-are-over-diagnosed-crypto For a SENDCo this can …

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Behaviour management using traits 

Emergency Services have a systematic approach when searching for missing people linked to behaviour studies. It struck me that there are parallels in how a school system could work when analysing behaviour.  The Search and Rescue initial assessment of a missing person is vital. What follows is consistent with patterns of similar traits in a particular …

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Developmental Language Disorder – the poor relation to dyslexia and autism?

After seeing this  I glibly stated that I wanted to blog on Developmental Language Disorder #devlangdis. Do you know what it is? Perhaps you’ve heard of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)? If you have you may think it’s dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ADD, dyscalculia or Autistic Spectrum Condition/Disorder ASC/D (used to be called Asperger’s or high functioning …

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No Excuses

When I watch those videos from the No Excuses schools in the US, I am scanning the room for the type of children I teach. The ones who have sensory difficulties; that really isn’t an excuse.  In fact it’s probably one of the most research heavy areas in SEND. I see the ones who look slightly …

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Correlation and Causation – PX and Prison 

Correlation doesn’t equal Causation The Prison Reform Trust argued recently for criminal leniency of children in care. I want to draw a comparison with the fate of students excluded from school. Lord Laming who undertook the report, gave one example of the police being called because a child in care had taken food from a …

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