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Learning Through Play – An SENexchange Discussion

This blog on learning through play is a write up of the final #SENexchange of the 2020/2021 academic year. This chat was hosted by Georgina Durrant from author of 100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play: Fun Activities for Young Children with SEN (Find out more here). There were a number of contributors so… Continue reading Learning Through Play – An SENexchange Discussion

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Advice for using visual timelines with Autistic children

Advice for using visual timelines with ASD children Guest Post A child using Picturepath on the iPad It’s well understood that many children find comfort in routine, and that maintaining routine reduces problem behaviours. Equally visuals, such as PECS cards, and timelines are widely used alongside a strong routine across both home and school to… Continue reading Advice for using visual timelines with Autistic children

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5 Engaging Baby Toys (0-6 months)

Poppy is our 5th and youngest. We had passed on most of the old baby toys we had as the others grew up and moved past this stage. So we had to find some new toys for her to play with. These 5 are her favourite toys. The ones she will now reach for and… Continue reading 5 Engaging Baby Toys (0-6 months)

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Awesome Advent Books For Christmas

Here we have 24 suggested Advent picture books to use in a literacy based advent calendar this Christmas. I like using this level of book as you can easily adapt them for a range of special educational needs. I have used all of these Christmas books either at home or with my classes at school.… Continue reading Awesome Advent Books For Christmas

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School Anxiety: Signs causes & strategies

School Anxiety, Signs, Causes, Support and Resources. The subject of school anxiety is often a source of frustration and conflict between schools and parents. This is unnecessary and unhelpful and does nothing to provide support to the child. Children are often labelled as being school refusers. Pressure from local authorities may be put onto parents… Continue reading School Anxiety: Signs causes & strategies

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Talking Phonics Flashcards: Carters Yard

AR Phonics and SEND Developed by two teachers, who kindly sent me a pack to use at school these cards are pretty good as simple flashcards for use in your phonics lessons. Clear, well made and easy to use. However it is the innovative use of AR (Augmented reality) that brings these cards to life.… Continue reading Talking Phonics Flashcards: Carters Yard

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The SEND Manifesto #SENexchange

The #SENExchange SEND Manifesto This document captures the discussion between, parents, carers, educators and people with SEND about the state of special education in Britain in 2019 and the messages they want to send to politicians. We asked 6 questions to include in the #SENexchange SEND Manifesto. The answers to which we have collated in… Continue reading The SEND Manifesto #SENexchange

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BackPocketTeacher: Bereavement and Grief in SEND

The Birth of BackPocketTeacher Hands up, who returns from school with a bizarre range of things in their pockets? Stickers, symbols, bubbles, raisins, latex gloves…. they’ve all been found in my pockets and also been seen spinning around my washing machine! As a SEND teacher I learnt very early on that however amazing and detailed… Continue reading BackPocketTeacher: Bereavement and Grief in SEND

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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… Continue reading The Quality of Teaching: Ofsted Framework 2019

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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… Continue reading 7 Ways to Harness the Potential of Your Commute

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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. This year (2020) in Siansbury the dressing up display was 10 meters followed by two small shelves of books. So here is an A-Z list of possible activities and ideas that you… Continue reading A-Z of world book day ideas – That aren’t dressing up!

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Essential Sensory Resources

Many "Sensory" resources can be created from free or existing material, bubble wrap, packaging foam, a little dot of oil on a radiator. Food is easy and usually cheap, rainbow rice or spaghetti. I am a fan of getting outside, feel the breeze, listen to the waves (my school is just above the beach). Sometimes you want something a bit different. These can be used in a sensory room or individually to encourage calming or even concentration. I would love to hear your ideas as well.

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Engaging the failed Autistic Learner.

this post is specifically focused on strategies that may be effective for autistic children. This post draws heavily on the work of Damian Milton from who's writing I have learnt so much from over the last year or two. This booklet has particularly shaped my approach to teaching. Most of these strategies are really just aimed at reducing stressors throughout the day. I would like to stress these are interpreted through by teaching experience and context is very important.