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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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Segregation – a collection of responses

Edu blogging and edu Twitter can be extremely rewarding at times but also nail bitingly painful. When you work in SEN, it can be difficult reading ignorant comments and hearing views from teachers who clearly believe students should be elsewhere. These ‘outclusionists’ have less idea where they should go just ‘away from me and my …

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Segregation and Stereotypes 

QT is trying to be controversial. – so was Toby Young when he called pupils with SEN troglodytes.  But when does controversy actually become plain offensive? When does controversy perpetuate stereotypes of students with learning difficulties?  And when does controversy forget that the group they are offending are children? And children with the least resources …

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Segregation and stereotypes 

QT is trying to be controversial. – so was Toby Young when he called pupils with SEN troglodytes.  But when does controversy actually become plain offensive? When does controversy perpetuate stereotypes of students with learning difficulties?  And when does controversy forget that the group they are offending are children? And children with the least resources …

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Teaching Assistants 

I’ve been reading a lot about deployment of TAs recently the Keyinsights article set me off and I’ve followed the great links to the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and others.  So, I’ve done some reading.  I have also discussed this on numerous occasions with Twitter colleagues. So I’ve sought opinions and advice.  I think most would …

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Day 26 – #5 Simple Tips to Help With Reading from a Screen – Assistive Technology #28daysofwriting

#youwillseehowdifficultitistoreadthiswithoutspace There is a US study which claims to show that increasing the gap between letters may make reading easier for struggling readers. VoiceDream will do this for you (Day 14) but for most students this is not possible. Some easier steps may help however: 1. A larger font – this can be seen just …

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Day 24 – the right equipment #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology

I have been writing about various technologies in this series so I thought it was time to give some examples of assessments highlighting students’ needs with examples of the type of equipment I’d recommend (these are not real students). Samuel Samuel clearly shows good understanding in class and contributes well to discussions. In addition, his …

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Day 23 – Popplet for Alternative Assessments #28daysofwriting Assistive Technology

I mention alternative assessments a lot. But and it’s a big but (I like big buts and I cannot lie) because there are so many tests and exams embedded into the year nowadays, it is harder for teachers to trust in using a different method which does not fit in with SATs tests and the …

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Day 22 Book Creator for SEN – #28daysofwriting – Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology does not always have to be specifically with a need in mind. I think tablets have revolutionised SEN practices in the classroom; they allow students with complex needs to access the curriculum and participate in the classroom. I also think it has (or should) have changed the role of the TA – preparing …

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Day 21 – Choice Works – iPad app for students with ASD – #28daysofwriting – Assistive Technolog

I saw a Twitter conversation recently where a teacher said it was a standing joke at her school that the Educational Psychologist only ever recommended Visual timetables for children on the Autistic Spectrum. She had a point – clearly there is a lot more to supporting a student with autism than a visual timetable. The …

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