About Me

I am Assistant Head Teacher at a special school in Broadstairs, we support children with a diagnosis of ASD and Communication difficulties. To try and improve the accessibility of my blog I have created an audio narration for some of the more popular posts.

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I have written a number of pieces for external sites, Including a contribution to an article in the Guardian.

as well as two articles for Innovate my School

I have also contributed to the Innovate my school guide 2015/6

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This January I presented a talk about online safety and SEN at  Bett 2016. This was based on the curriculum I designed to teach online safety in a more meaningful context.  Original blog post here.

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In February 2016 I wrote an Article for UKEDMAG about why teaching SEN is so important.

SEN Special Education Article
SEN: An Education for Life Beyond School

Another article was published in April 2016 about Feedback and Marking in SEN.

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Adi Bloom from the TES based an article on this blog post about using the SAS survival guide as a leadership manual, it is behind the paywall at the moment.

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In August 2016 the TES published my article on the contentious issue of restraint in schools. This is an issue that is becoming increasingly important and it is only a matter of time before a UK school faces media scrutiny for it’s practice. We need to talk about this now and in the open.

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In September 2016 I wrote a guest blog for One Goal about the invisible Hurdles (See what I did there?) students face accessing PE.

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  1. Hi,
    I am writing on behalf of The Alcohol Education Trust and wonder if you could contact me via email please as we have some resources for pupils with special needs that we would like to make you aware of.
    With best wishes,


  2. Hi! My name is Jacob and I am a special educator, musician/educator and person who grew up with a learning disability due to a brain hemorrhage at birth. Growing up, I had a pretty normal childhood: I had friends, went school, extra-curricular activities, etc. However, I always felt a little different. I saw things differently than my peers. When most kids chose X, I’d choose Y. It wasn’t until first heard live music that I fell in love and wanted to learn more. I was on the 3rd StreetPromenade in sunny Santa Monica, CA and I was overheard a street musician playing the clarinet. It was an amazing sound, like something I’ve never heard before. Now, I’ve definitely heard music before… but this was something else…. It was Jazz. I was simply blown away at the complexity of the way the horn could bring the notes up the scale, down, and all around the horn.

    After a few years of studying music, I started to make the connection of using the syncopation of music (i.e. the rhythm) as a way to remember and recall information for MYSELF. I had a pretty tough time remembering information (mostly short term); HOEWEVER, I had this strange ability to retain hundreds of short tunes in my head and I could recite them with ease. In class one day, I was ‘day dreaming’ and the teacher asked the class to take out a piece of paper. I didn’t hear the words, but as students around me were taking out paper, all I heard were what sounded like a beat— it was a group of 7 sounds when the teacher spoke… I didn’t listen to the teacher’s words (as I was distracted J) , but I heard it as a “rhythm” and it made me think of the “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” that coincidentally was also 7 sounds (i.e ”how I won-der what you are”, etc = 7 syllables/sounds = “Take out a piece of paper”). It was definitely a strange experience. I wanted to tell others about it but I felt strange that I was weird. I kept it to myself, but I started to use this same formula to remember little things such as math concepts (PEMDAS), basic tasks, (“Remember to”), etc. I started to tweak the process too by using any song, adding visuals and acronyms, etc. What it started to do was inadvertently build my confidence in school and in life. Using music to my advantage gave me a feeling of self-confidence that I did not know I possessed.

    I now use music in any way I can as a method for memory retrieval, behavior management and life skills for students with disabilities. Music is such a powerful way to communicate; it is no wonder it has been referred to as “universal language”, as it has the power to speak to anyone!


    Jacob L.


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