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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inclusion Parent Partnership Travellers Uncategorized

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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Keynotes

Literacy is Freedom 

For those who cannot use it [literacy] are excluded from much communication in today’s world. Indeed, it is the excluded who can best appreciate the notion of ‘literacy as freedom’  UNESCO – Literacy Decade  This was my message today to headteachers of special schools at the @swalls_uk leaders two day conference.   But what is …

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ADHD

My teacher hates me!

Students with ADHD can not only struggle to self-regulate, they can also experience heightened feelings of anxiety, joy, fear, worry – every emotion really but sometimes in a more exaggerated form. Combine this with impulsivity, another trait of ADHD and there is a real risk of experiencing failure in school and a break down in …

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Keynotes

The Inclusive College

It was a pleasure to give the keynote on The Inclusive Classroom at Cardiff and Vale College this week. The day was organised by  James Donaldson, Head of additional learning needs and wellbeing for the college.  After a phone call, we discussed what I should include in my talk and I thought about it in …

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Podcast
Podcast

The Inclusive Classroom podcast – episode 2

The Inclusive Classroom is a podcast exploring inclusion. The first series is 4 episodes on Biesta’s values-based education. Jules Daulby interviews, Jarlath O’Brien an expert in SEND and behaviour, Professor Linda Graham who leads research projects on inclusion at Queensland University and Dr Jenna Gillett-Swan, a senior lecturer and researcher also at Queensland University.

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