NQT/SEN Advice

I was asked to write a blog post for Nexus…topic anything!  That was a little bit of a wide range so I decided to write soemthing about being an NQT faced with your first class. You can read the post here....

School Exclusion: The Parent Guide

School Exclusion – the book is released! It’s no secret that I quite enjoy writing.  Although, to be fair, I can’t write in a formal and proper manner.  It may be that I find that style of writing a little ‘boring’ to read.  So, I write the way I talk.  From the...

Diagnosing the Dog

(Warning: this post is to be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt.  Not suitable for anyone without a sense of humour!) Sam is 8 years old has just been diagnosed with ADHD, severe dyslexia, anxiety and attachment disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  We...

SEN Funding in Schools

SEN Funding We all know schools are short of money in general, but there is particular confusion around SEN funding. I read many times (from parents): “If your child is on the SEN register the school gets £6000 they have to spend on them, demand it!” And equally as...

Reasonable Adjustments

WHAT ARE REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS? The guidance for schools around reasonable adjustments is found in the Equality Act 2010. The DfE published a pdf guide (DFE-00296-2013) which can be downloaded from their website for free.  Or you can buy a bound version from my...

Exclusions, the Law and SEN

Well, somehow in adding the video, I managed to delete the essay I’d typed!  (I might know my stuff around SEN, schools and systems…but websites are a whole other beast!) In 23 years of teaching, I never felt the need to permanently exclude a student. ...