August 9, 2019

Summer break, we are so excited in the first week. We make plans and are full of good intentions, we think, “yes, this is the time to invest, I shall practice marvellous parenting. I will be engaged, positive, imaginative. I’ll encourage crafts, sports, and activities like reading”. And we do, right up to the point where we run out of steam.

After the first bloom of enthusiasm, the holiday seems likely to descend into sibling teasing, boredom, and hours and hours of screen time in darkened rooms. Once...

August 2, 2019

The Success Story of Arran Smith –Empowered by Assisted Technology

This blog is about Arran Smith who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of nine. Today, at the age of thirty-five, he is a very successful businessman and is part of the growing team of dyslexic high flyers who have been recruited by GCHQ, Google, Apple and NASA.

Arran’s own experience of growing up with dyslexia has given him a personal insight into overcoming its problems and he has made a career of explaining to teachers, learners,...

July 15, 2019

Transition is a part of the educational process, it happens between years, between schools, between classrooms, and between teachers. It continues through every stage of the educational process and getting it right can make or break learning progression; it can support or undo emotional and wellbeing strategies.

Some students will have a lot of supporting information that travels with them. For these learners, additional needs may be well documented. The pack might contain an IEP(1), IBP(2), EHCP(3),...

July 10, 2019

Building assistive technology into a future strategy for your students is an integral part of designing your curriculum for the year. Schools have committed to planning a structure for homework and frameworks aiming to deliver spiritual, moral, social, and cultural knowledge, all essential to the healthy development of a child. If however, EdTech planning is not in place, then your school is heading in the direction of a strategic learning gap. Assistive Technology in education, or “EdTech”, can give...

June 2, 2019

SENCo, Julia Clouter demonstrates ways that The Scanning Pen can be used to support emotional health and wellbeing with a versatile calming strategy for individual support.   

Do you have a box available for students who struggle with feelings of anxiety?  Some schools call them “Five Minute Boxes” or “Sensory Boxes” and they are a wonderful tool to support emotional decompression.  Anxious students on the edge of a meltdown just don’t have the balance of brain chemi...

May 19, 2019

I graduated in Art at Central St Martin’s in London and gained my teaching qualification at Brunel University in 1999. I have taught at primary and secondary level and have always gravitated towards teaching children with special needs. I became a qualified SENCo in 2013. Most recently I have specialised in working with children who have complex behavioural needs and who have been excluded from mainstream education.  I have also been an Assessment and Intervention Adviser to schools in the local auth...

March 5, 2019

One of my previous students, let’s call him Stuart, loved telling stories. His imagination was fantastic, his language was rich, and he could tell me how people were feeling and what their motivations were without pausing for breath. In fact, he had a back story for everything. “You see”, he would say with eyes sparkling, “the reason that she is so sad, is because her auntie is on holiday, and she always makes the dinner, so mum has to cook, and she burns everything.” Stuart could make all the correc...

April 18, 2016

How can we rule in or rule out SpLD?

Thoughts inspired from recent CPD:

Dyslexia & Foreign Language Teaching provided by Future Learn and Lancaster University.                             

Imagine the challenge.

A latent learning difficulty that had previously been masked in your first language starts to emerge. 

Why might this be the case?

Because English is not a transparent language.

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