Dreaming Spires Await – but with no Disabled Students’ Allowance

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I’ve been writing, nay, banging on, for some time about the way Higher Education students have been left out of the SEN reforms and the new Education Health and Care plan. The new special educational needs system is supposed to … Keep Reading…

Personal Budgets and other SEN and Disability stories

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Even though schools are closed for Easter, the Department for Education is still hard at work and managed to publish the Regulations for the new Personal Budgets to go along with the new Education, Health and Care Plans on Friday. … Keep Reading…

The Positive Power of Assessment – finding the right route

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What is it that is so interesting about children? It seems a simple question. Parents know their own children well – or so they think. Then the child does something that threatens the security of that knowledge. It might be … Keep Reading…

Autism Understanding Day – why hasn’t it caught on yet?

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Hayley asked an interesting question in her Down’s Syndrome post last Friday – do we need awareness days? The answer is clearly ‘yes’ for all sorts of reasons, especially when the condition is a rare one, as it can lead … Keep Reading…

A mother’s top tips for parenting your ADHD child

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I recently read an article written by professionals concerning Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  The article focused on diagnosis and treatment and it was apparent from the article that it was purely a professional’s perspective, there seemed to be nothing … Keep Reading…

World Down Syndrome Day 2014: Do we really need awareness days?

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‘There’s an awareness day for everything nowadays’ the rather jaded GP muttered in my direction recently, in a tone that hinted ‘leave me out of  it please.’ ‘It’s awareness day every day in our house’, wrote a Dad who saw … Keep Reading…

Risks and opportunities in the new SEN system

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The Children and Families Act is finally here, delivered by the stork The Department for Education with high hopes and expectations. There are many fine aspects to this Act and even the SEN part with which we are concerned, is generally … Keep Reading…