Ever thought about setting up your own Free School?

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I am sure many of you, at one time or another, have considered setting up your own school.  Maybe you have had problems finding a school that could meet the needs of your child or maybe you found one but … Keep Reading…

SEN figures show 2.5% drop in children with special educational needs in England

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Just as we agreed to go down to two posts a week over summer (with a week off in August), the Department for Education dropped the 2015 SEN figures. Sigh. So, we’ve made an infographic to make it easier to … Keep Reading…

10 tips for geneticists from parents of children with undiagnosed and rare diseases

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One of the biggest problems experienced by parents of children with long-term medical conditions is communicating and maintaining relationships with medical professionals. When the child has a rare disease or a condition so rare it remains undiagnosed, it can be … Keep Reading…

Unfair, flawed and not joined up: Why fixing SEN funding matters. #CountMeIn

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SNJ Note: Today we welcome back the SENCo, known by his Twitter handle, @AspieDeLaZouch. He wrote for us a few months ago about SEN Funding. Last week some research on SEN funding was released and ADLZ has written for us … Keep Reading…

SEN Assessments and Outcomes: What and when

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I had a very busy day on Tuesday at the 25th Anniversary conference of national and international charity, Genetic Alliance UK. There is some really exciting work being done in genetic and rare disease research and patients are increasingly involved in … Keep Reading…

Why SEND department targets mean ‘culture change’ reform may never happen

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Today’s guest post, from father of two deaf sons, Matt Keer, may shock you. It may, as it did to me, bring you to the edge of angry tears. It’s like the plot of a Kafka novel, surreal and senseless. But … Keep Reading…

A labour of love to create an accessible Algarve holiday centre

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One of the many challenges that parents and carers of children with disabilities and/or special educational needs face is finding suitable places to take a break and go on holiday. It can be very difficult to even plan a full … Keep Reading…

Banned from Prom, but my school refuser son’s new future beckons

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What happens now… A while back I wrote a piece about school refusal and gave some ideas that were hopefully helpful for other people experiencing a similar situation. Our story has moved on and as of this June 2015, my … Keep Reading…

Forget festivals, I prefer Disability exhibitions

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Tania: Today we’d like to introduce you to a new columnist, although followers of SEND blogs will already be familiar with her Premeditations blog. MrBoosMum, as she is known, has already written for us before  and we are delighted that she is … Keep Reading…

A very special Learning Disability Nurse asks: Who Do You See?

Helen Laverty is one of those women you thank your lucky stars to have in your life. She is a compassionate Learning Disability nurse, a dedicated professional lead in learning disability nursing at the University of Nottingham and facilitator of … Keep Reading…

It’s Learning Disability week, let’s talk about the negative people we meet in the LD world

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As you enter the Special Needs Jungle, you will come across many different types of people; the ones who will help, the ones who will hinder; the ones who make you smile, the ones who make you cry; the ones … Keep Reading…

A Right Not a Fight: why young people with learning difficulties are demonstrating for education equality

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We’ve recently featured some posts from Kathryn Rudd OBE, Principal of the National Star College and Chair of Natspec regarding the choices available for 16+ further education for young people with learning difficulties/disabilities. A year ago students with disabilities and learning … Keep Reading…

SNJ Giveaway: Making speech, language and communication a burning issue

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I am delighted to introduce today’s guest post (and giveaway) from Shona Crichton.  As a mum of a child with speech, language and communication needs, I love the work of The Communication Trust and Shona is a Professional Advisor for … Keep Reading…