The Quality of Teaching: Ofsted Framework 2019

Thoughts on the 2019 Ofsted Framework Relating to Curriculum. These are my thoughts on how the 2019 ofsted framework may affect your school and some ideas that may help to formulate your response.  167. The Rounded Quality of Education The OfSTED framework 2019 is interested in the rounded quality of education. This would enable […]

Transition printable resources

Transition: A New Class

Class changes in September are a huge source of anxiety for all involved. There is a range of activities you can undertake to make this transition easier. I have written a blog about supporting learners with day-to-day general transitions and this one on supporting Autistic children with class transitions.

Rethinking assessment for PMLD

Assessment for PMLD

Rethinking Assessment for PMLD learners. In 2015, Cherry Garden School decided their assessment and reporting procedures were no longer fit for purpose. Although we had just received our third consecutive Outstanding judgement from Ofsted, we were aware that our assessment ‘data‘ wasn’t always meaningful, and that many of our children didn’t make typical linear progress. […]

Special education PE and Autism

Invisible Hurdles: PE and SEND

Some hurdles you can jump, you can see them, some are higher than others but generally the strategies and skills needed to complete the race are straightforward. Now for some of our students overcoming the hurdles needed to take part in that activity are huge and varied. When getting students with a range of needs […]

the student panel interview questions

Interview Questions: Student Panel

This guide will hopefully provide an insight into some of the questions you can expect to face when undertaking a student panel interview, remember that this part of the interview process is designed to compliment the other parts. Remember to ask questions back. If you have a student council – What do they think of you?

free transport topic SEN teaching resources

Sensory Learning Activities: An A-Z.

Why sensory Learning? Sensory learning – Sensory activities are those designed by educators to facilitate exploration encouraging children to use all their senses while they, create, investigate and explore. This is usually conducted through play although in the settings I have worked in also through structured planned learning activities. The sensory activities allow children to […]

My Awesome Autism book review

My Awesome Autism: Author Q&A

Nikky Saunders wrote My Awesome Autism about a little boy named Eddie as he shares his findings about his autism and teaches his readers in a cheerful playful way! Eddie helps all children learn about their autism diagnosis and how “we are all different!”. This can be a huge relief for the child to understand that they are truly wonderful as they are.

7 Ways to Harness the Potential of Your Commute

7 Ways to Harness the Potential of Your Commute

Don’t Waste Time Commuting. I have recently gone from a commute of less than 20 minutes walk to over an hours drive each way. That has led to me wanting to find ways to make use of that time. Here are 7 suggestions to use the time you spend commuting more productively. Turn Netflix into […]

Special education teaching resources

Spring 2019 SEND blog roundup. 

There were so many important developments in the world of special education during the first part of 2019. Many seem to be focussing (and about time) on humanising the stories behind the labels and pushing for accountability of those in positions of power.

Essential Phonics guide for Inclusive EYFS teachers

An Essential Guide to Teaching Phonics in Early Years

Written for us by an Early Years leader, this post outlines a suggested phonics session, the activities and routine will be appropriate for all mainstream settings, and with a little imagination to any SEN setting. The phonics session mirrors what I taught to my class. Keeping the same routine really helped my autistic learners and is the key takeaway from this post.

How to Write Better Education Blogs

Writing Better Blogs

Writing Better Blogs: Evaluating Mine I strive to ensure my education blogs are as informative as possible and are not littered with spelling mistakes. I am not the best speller, autocorrect is my friend and as a teacher, I have a phobia of writing on the board in case of mistakes. For the last week, […]

visuals support learning SEN

6 Ways Symbols Support Learning

Symbols can be used to support both receptive and expressive communication. They support word recognition in pre-readers and can be used in times of increased stress to communicate a need when word recall is impaired, for example showing an exit symbol for time out instead of having to ask or explain why.

world book day inspiration

A-Z of world book day ideas – That aren’t dressing up!

World Book Day teaching activities As a parent, I am starting to dread the yearly costume hunt that World Book Day has become. So here is an A-Z list of possible activities and ideas that you could do instead. Of course, this is not just for schools, you may want to do some of these […]

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