How a school’s Nurture programme is supporting students from ‘catch-up’ into ‘heads-up’

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I recently met Garry Freeman, Director of Inclusion and SENCo of Guiseley School in Leeds at a Westminster Briefing I was part of, giving the parents’ view for partnership working. Garry is also Lead SENCo for Leeds NW and Associate … Keep Reading…

Who you trust, who you don’t and how to tell the difference.

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Recently, we shared with you a a list of things people had said to families; the ignorant things that no family should have to hear.  The response to this post on social media was huge, with several families sharing their own experiences. … Keep Reading…

Did you really just say that? The ignorant words SEND parents hear far too often

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As a mum of children with special needs, I know I have walked out of meetings and thought, “Seriously? did I hear that correctly?” But I know that you often think you are alone or you’ve been made to feel … Keep Reading…

Some ideas for teachers get started with parental co-production

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A month in and the new SEN system is still an unknown quantity for many schools. SENCos are still getting to grips with what will replace the IEP and are thinking about the first transfers from Statements to Education, Health … Keep Reading…

Fight Club must end, collaboration is the way forward: a SEND Director’s perspective

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Earlier in the year I went with Angela to the London Leadership Strategy conference where I was speaking on a panel about SEN reform, along with a number of experienced education professionals. I deliberately don’t dwell on these events too much … Keep Reading…

The pain of finding acceptance with Apert syndrome, a facial difference

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We all have a basic need to be accepted by others. As many families affected by a disability know however, not being accepted by peers or being subjected to stares is a painful fact. When you or your child live … Keep Reading…