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Let’s have a National Inclusion Commissioner (NIC) in the Hoodinerney Model 

It’s staggering that Gove could asset strip Local Authorities (LAs), give anyone with a heartbeat responsibility for running schools and take out the middle tier leaving accountability only between individual schools and central government. When he realised this, which most of us had known from the outset, the Department for Education (DFE) brought in school …

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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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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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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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SEN SEND Specific Learning Difficulties Uncategorized

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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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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Mixed Ability

Too clever for your own clogs

The current government and dear old Michael Wilshaw, despite no evidence that it is efficacious, have toyed with the idea of making it a legal obligation for schools to set from the age of 14. The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) and OECD’s PISA report show that stratification in the education system appears to show no benefit.  While …

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