Children today seem to be a lot more aware than their predecessors, and we mean this in the broadest sense possible. From a young age, they realise that they can easily talk to people from around the world, they question gender roles, they want to change the world and, most importantly, they believe they can do so. Indeed, children have realised that they already hold power to change the status quo.
Emilie-Kate Kidd (pictured above), cofounder of Earwig Academic, trustee of SEN charity Parents in Need and parent to an SEN child, talks about the surprises within the Rochford Review and what its recommendations mean for SEN teaching…
Dekko Comics is an organisation who combine entertainment and education through comic stories, thus helping those who feel intimidated by the current systems and left disinterested in the learning process. With a roster of vibrant and engaging characters, Dekko Comics have proven popular, with both children and adults finding them a great way to engage with the lessons being taught.
Kate McMillan, head of inclusion at Aldar Academies, discusses how Edukey has helped change how they work with SEN students.
Aldar Academies is a leading provider of private education in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, in the United Arab Emirates. With over 5000 students across 7 schools, maintaining a SEN student register of 16%, we were faced with the challenge of improving the consistency of recording student details, delivery of interventions and the style and format of our personalised learning and behaviour plans.
The Education Show will be coming to the NEC, Birmingham next week (16th-18th March - find Innovate My School at Bett Academies stand D8), and offering teachers the opportunity to learn more about the latest issues in education, meet fellow educators from across the country, and discover exciting new methods and resources to enhance the way we teach and learn in the UK. With an entire theatre dedicated to special educational needs (SEN), this area of the show is set to be as insightful and inspiring as ever!
The Whole School SEND Consortium are running their first Summit on 23rd February 2017 at The Crystal (located on London’s Royal Victoria Dock), and the event will be hosted by the hosted by The London Leadership Strategy. This gathering will bring together new and established voices to discuss SEND in an innovative and discursive format. The aim is to utilise the experience and expertise of everyone in the room - school leaders, teachers, SENDCos, parents, young people and third sector organisations - in order to develop thinking and practice in SEND, and create a lasting, collaborative community dedicated to improving outcomes for children with SEND.
Notetalker are pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting at Bett 2017, the major education conference taking place from 25th - 28th January. As this year’s focus is on educational game-changers, the Notetalker team will be focusing on how they have produced a completely holistic solution for effective, inclusive note-taking for any educational institution. Attendees are encouraged to visit them at Stand G83.
As an occupational therapist I have worked with many young people with dyspraxia, as well as their parents and teachers, over the course of my career. Here I draw on my experience to identify the tools and strategies that I believe are most effective in unlocking the potential of Primary school students with developmental coordination difficulties.
About 1.23 million children in England have special educational needs (SEN). This accounts for 14.4% of children in the population, and is a huge percentage of pupils in our schools, meaning that it’s vitally important to get children the help they deserve so they can excel academically rather than getting left behind.
I’m a theatre practitioner with a background in inclusive practice. Finding ways to create new communities through Drama, and making diverse groups of performers central to the process, has taken me on some great journeys: making theatre with teenagers in Finland, circus artists in France, playwrights in New York City and toddlers in Tottenham.