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Mochadi and McDonald haircuts 

Recently  I attended a conference to learn more about literacy/SEND and EAL. The EMTAS (Ethnic Minority Traveller Achievement Service) secondary conference run by Hampshire LA is a service going from strength to strength. It’s bitter sweet for me coming from Dorset where I witnessed the EMTAS service close down, redundancies paid out and experience and …

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#literacy CPD Dyslexia inclusion SEN SEND Specific Learning Difficulties Uncategorized Working Memory

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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Spelling technique #1

Logical phonetic, visual sequencing, rules, auditory, motor? The analysis of spelling errors. I can’t claim any of these ideas I’m giving you as my own, but I don’t know exactly whose they are.  I’ve picked up many pieces of paper during my time in teaching and have a mishmash of spelling advice.  The three spelling names I can …

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#literacy Drive for Literacy Dyslexia Dyslexia Reading Difficulties SpLD Examination Access Arrangements Literacy SEN SEND Specific Learning Difficulties TAs The Driver Youth Trust Uncategorized

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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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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Commit no nuisance
ASD visual Dyslexia Dyslexia Reading Difficulties SpLD No Excuses SEN SEND Specific Learning Difficulties Uncategorized

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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