Special Education and Inclusive Learning

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Advice for using visual timelines with Autistic children

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Advice for using visual timelines with ASD children Guest Post 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…

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5 Engaging Baby Toys (0-6 months)

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…

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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…

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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…

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Talking Phonics Flashcards: Carters Yard

Carters Yard Talking Phonics Flashcards SEND

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…

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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…

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BackPocketTeacher: Bereavement and Grief in SEND

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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…

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Sensory Story: The Blue Abyss

This was my first attempt at writing a sensory story. Heavily influenced by this book by the fantastically creative Joanna Grace

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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…

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The SEND Acronym Guide

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This guide will provide information about the meaning of over 100 widely used acronyms.

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Special Education Interview Guide

SEN teacher interview questions

Whether you are a newly qualified teacher or an experienced educator, we will be able to help you secure positions working in one of the most rewarding sectors of UK education.

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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…

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Education: Trump or Simpsons

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Can you guess who said the following about education Donald Trump: President of the United States, or one of the Simpsons?

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Appraisal: 5 Essential Questions

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The appraisal process is an essential part of not only a member of staff’s professional development but also in the process of school improvement and review.

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Writing Better Blogs

How to Write Better Education 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…

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

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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…

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Aspie Author: A Journey into Sharing her Imagination with the World

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I want to thank Elizabeth Jade for contributing this post on her journey into publishing her first book to Inclusiveteach.com. Please support Elizabeth by sharing her story widely and consider buying a copy of Akea – The power of destiny.

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Essential Sensory Resources

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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.

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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.

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Why is Inclusive Education Essential?

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Inclusive education is at the heart of education thinking in the UK but seems constantly challenged by policies such as Zero Tolerance behaviour and spending cuts that remove the support so important for our children to thrive in school.

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