Extending tactile literacy beyond braille
John Slade’s colour-coded shape pegs and peg boards have already helped visually impaired children across the country take part more fully in lessons and enjoy more social interaction with their peers. Here he shares his plans to extend his colour coding system to further increase inclusion in all aspects of the curriculum through an interactive maths teaching aid.
The unintelligible importance of intelligence
What do we mean by ‘intelligence’, and what effect does labelling certain students as ‘intelligent’ or ‘smart’ have on the whole class’ attitudes to learning? Daniel LaSalle puts forth his argument for banishing the word from our classrooms completely.
A RAD solution
Although relatively rare, most SENCos will, at some point, find themselves working with a child displaying signs of Reactive Attachment Disorder. But what is RAD, and how should SENCos respond to this complex disorder? Jay Alexander explores the symptoms of the condition and its implications for school staff.
Life limiting conditions in the classroom
With an increasing number of children with life limiting or life threatening illnesses now being educated in the mainstream classroom, Sally Robinson and Kathryn Summers explore the implications for the type and nature of support needed for teachers.
Why we are failing children with dyslexia
Ten per cent of children in this country are dyslexic, yet over half of teachers have received no training in identifying and supporting the dyslexic students in their care, research by the Driver Youth Trust has uncovered. We summarise the report’s main findings, revealing the shocking disparity between provision and need.
Complying with exclusion regulations
The exclusion of children from schools has been a prominent issue in recent months due, in part, to a report by the Children’s Commissioner for England. Perry Hill examines Dr Atkinson’s findings, recent changes to the law and how schools can comply with all relevant policies.
Chronic shortage of social workers puts children at risk
Vulnerable children are being put at risk by a chronic shortage of experienced social workers, according to a paper from the think-tank Policy Exchange.
Increasing calls for better sex and relationships education in schools
More than 25,000 people have signed a petition asking for the Prime Minister to convene a group of sexual health and parenting experts to update Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools for the digital age.
Children in care sent to ‘far flung’ homes
Nearly half of youngsters cared for in England’s children’s homes are accommodated in places far from their home and family, many in tough areas, new data released by the Department for Education has revealed.