SNJ In Conversation

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Join our exciting new SNJ In Conversation series, available in video and audio-only versions. Renata, Tania and the team have in-depth conversations with a variety of guests from the field of SEN and disability.

Whether they're sector leaders, legal eagles, extraordinary parents or young people with disabilities, we give them a good grilling, er pleasant chat, about the things you want to know.

We ask for your input too, so watch out on social media, especially our SNJ, Let's Talk about SEND discussion group (NB: this group isn't a support group and has professionals and parents alike)

If you would like to recommend someone - or even yourself, if you have an expertise or something you want to spend 30 minutes sharing with us, get in touch

Find them at the links below, and browse the existing episodes - and please, help us out by subscribing and rating (if you like it!)

Theme tune composition and instrumental credit: Luca Tirraoro

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Check out the episodes

SNJ In Conversation: The online Oak Academy and how it's developing its SEND offer - Special Needs Jungle, In Conversation

Tania and Renata chat to Anne Heavey, specialist curriculum lead for the online Oak Academy resource bank, developed to support children during lockdown and now backed by the Department for Education. Anne is also the director of Whole School SEND and is working to make sure Oak has more to offer to children and young people with SEND for the year ahead.  Find the web post for the episode at
  1. SNJ In Conversation: The online Oak Academy and how it's developing its SEND offer
  2. SNJ In Conversation: Race, discrimination, exclusion and intersectionality in SEND
  3. SNJ In Conversation with Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children
  4. How can disabled children's education still be protected during Coronavirus?

  5. SNJ In Conversation: Awesome and Autistic in a post-pandemic world
    • SNJ in Conversation: Oak Academy’s improving SEND offer

      One of the few positives of the pandemic and lockdown, was the creation of the Oak Academy resource, an online suite of lessons created by a group of volunteer teachers. They wanted to help support children's education as a supplement to what their schools were providing during coronavirus. While many children benefited from their teachers' hard work teaching them remotely, as our survey revealed, this was far from a universal experience. Oak's lessons came as a godsend to many families, although its sparse SEND offer and lack of differentiation came in for criticism from some, which was perhaps unfair, given…
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      • SNJ in Conversation: Why we need to talk about race and SEND

        This episode of Special Needs Jungle 'in conversation with...' tackles the often overlooked issues around race, racism, intersectionality and disproportionality within the SEND world.
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        • SNJ In Conversation with Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children

          One of the (numerous) problems many parents find when their child is having an education, health and care needs assessment, is the "care" bit. A social care assessment is often not offered, and if parents request one, the response from the social care department is "not known to social services" case closed. Then there's always the intimated threat that you wouldn't "want" your child to be known to them, would you? But a social care assessment as part of an EHCP isn't the same as a family being involved with social services or the child having a social worker. It's…
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          • SNJ In Conversation: What legal rights do disabled children
have left under the Coronavirus Act?

            In Conversation with Steve Broach, public law barrister We wouldn't normally churn out another episode of In Conversation so quickly, as it's quite a big undertaking to produce. But with the month-long renewal of the Government's Notice, trashing children's legal rights under the Coronavirus Act, we thought you should know what's left in force. The "Modifications" Notice was renewed late on Friday afternoon, almost as if they'd forgotten and just caught sight on Twitter of SEND legal people wondering what was happening. Oops! Almost forgot to stick it to those disabled kids before the weekend! Then, on Saturday, the SEND…
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            • SNJ In Conversation: Awesome and Autistic in a post-pandemic world GIVEAWAY

              with Renata Blower and Siena Castellon Today we're bringing you another episode of SNJ In Conversation and again you can listen or watch to it below or find it on your favourite Podcast channel here (find your preferred podcast player icon below the image, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify among others). You can also click through to YouTube. Today we're talking tips for being awesome and autistic - and it's a fascinating listen when you consider that our guest, Siena Castellon, is still only 17 years old. She has some incredible tips that not only teenage autistic girls…
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              • Launching “SNJ In Conversation” First episode: Coronavirus and Disabled children’s mental health

                Today we're launching a new feature: SNJ "In Conversation". It will feature both videos and podcasts where one or more of the SNJ team interviews someone about an interesting or current issue in the SEND sphere. In time, this will be offered to our SNJ patrons as full interviews, with shortened versions available for free. However, because of the current situation with Coronavirus, we're launching it now for free for everyone. Our first few interviews are staying close to home, with our own experts. Next week, we'll be speaking to our columnist, the teenage autistic author and neurodiversity advocate, Siena…
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