Collaborative network to stretch and challenge all learners
Set up in 2012 following the closure of the gifted and talented support programme, the Challenge and Stretch for all Learners (ChaSE) network aims to assist teachers in working together to provide motivational and challenging activities for students of high ability.
SEN software allowed under exam conditions
Students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia can now legally use text-tospeech software under exam conditions, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JQC) has ruled.
Hitting the right notes
New SEN music programme ‘Sticks and Sounds’ is set to make a huge impact this year on improving children’s speech and communication. Here, a teacher, a parent and a member of a Local Authority give their positive experiences using the innovative music programme during its recent trial period.
Coping with high incidence needs
Limited resources, difficult parents and rigid views of success and failure... Adam Twyman considers how schools manage the complications associated with high incidence needs, and challenges a range of embedded assumptions surrounding current SEN policy and practice.
Inclusion in isolation
Can young people separated from the mainstream school and working in isolated behaviour units ever truly be ‘included’? Lloyd Hughes investigates.
Supporting literacy difficulties in the mainstream classroom
Gareth D Morewood and Emily Watson detail some simple strategies observed during their own research to make supporting students with dyslexia and other literacy difficulties easier.
EHC Plans – Are they enough?
Set to replace the current statements of SEN in 2014, Education Health and Care Plans will mean a new single category of special educational needs, covering all children and young people requiring support from ages 0-25. SENCo Bob Piggott shares his concerns.
Attachment disorder and the power of music
For students with attachment issues, the secondary school classroom can be a very scary place. Gareth D Morewood and Rachel Wyllie explain how they created a safe, positive learning environment for one such student, with careful planning, flexible teaching styles and a little help from a piano.
The Children and Families Bill 2013
Parents of children with SEN will have more choice and control over their child’s support and provision, is but one of the government’s promises in the Children and Families Bill of 2013. We summarise the Bill’s main points.