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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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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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We’re teachers not Demigods

I’m tired of teacher bashing. As far as I can see we self loathe ourselves enough without others having to do it for us. Bennett’s criticism of posters, group work, DVDs and role play in a recent tabloid article has won hands down this Easter for irking me. It was easy pickings journalism. Adding stereotype …

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