SENsible SENCO Blogs

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...

KazType

Touch typing with KAZ-Type Are you looking for a touch-typing program but fed up of BBC dance mat?  Give Kaz-type a try and see if your students can learn to touch type the letters in 90 minutes.  Approved by the British Dyslexia Association and assured by City and...

Teaching Resources; You Teach Me Too

Teaching resources from You Teach Me Too   I love learning, sorry, it’s just the way I am.  So, if a new student starts in my school and I need to learn Polish or BSL then I’ll spend that evening or weekend brushing up my skills.     If I’m asked to teach...

Data Retention in Schools

Data Retention in Schools– AKA: “Can I keep this SEN file?”   Frequently I see the same questions asked and the same (wrong and unlawful) responses given.  Even when I evidence my answer with the guidance that should be adhered to I find the original individual...

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.  

Safer Sexual Behaviour (Board Game)

Safer Sexual Behaviour: A board game for children Laura Walker and Carol Laugharne.  Loggerhead Publishing.https://loggerheadpublishing.co.uk/product/safer-sexual-behaviour-board-game-children/£45.00 Laura and Carol didn't stop at producing a story book and resource...

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...

Carters Yard Phonics – Flashcards

Talking Phonics Flashcards Carter’s Yard Phonics   I am a massive fan of augmented reality.  From the first programs that I experienced with dragons crawling out of holes on my floor, desk, settee – through Pokemon Go – to a virtual chicken in my conservatory...

Revision

I’m in need of hair dye this week or maybe a wig... Son #1 is in Year 11 and has all his exams coming up.  Son #2 is in Year 10 and moved schools recently.  As he had already completed two-years of study in a couple of subjects that are no longer on offer, we’ve taken...

Learning to Read

Learning to read... I love books.  Have done since I was a little girl sitting on my mother's knee learning to read my Peter and Jane Ladybird books whilst she operated an overlocker (a sewing machine with a pretty sharp knife attached!)  When I entered school at 4...

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...

School Attendance

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE Conversations about attendance often pop up in my feed. School have just sent me a letter moaning about his attendance when they’re the ones that excluded him. I’ve just been threatened with a fine even though they know I can’t get her to school...

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...

Illegal Exclusions

(This post refers to Fixed term exclusions) I mentioned in my exclusions post that I believe we sometimes need time to calm down and collect our thoughts.  This cooling off period is unfortunately classed as an unlawful exclusion.  So how do you know whether your...

Exclusions, the Law and SEN

[embeddoc url="https://www.sendcosolutions.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/understanding-exclusions-2.pptx" viewer="microsoft"] 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...

Busting the SEN Myths

It will never cease to amaze me what people believe...I might start sending some of them information about the flat earth society who are looking for new members! Many moons ago I studied an educational management course and met some interesting terms around...

Applying for an EHC Assessment

I have the honour of having been adopted by one particular Facebook group where my skills come in particularly useful...in fact you've probably ended up on this page as a result of following one of my replies there. One of the questions frequently posed is how do I...

The Code of Practice

The SEND Code of Practice is the document that all schools should be using when dealing with SEN issues. Fortunately it's a public document so parents and other professionals are free to download and read it too. The Code of Practice is a translation of the CAFA...

Using Facebook

I use Facebook as a networking tool and to get information out to the masses without having to pay for advertising or to attend 15 different locations and repeat myself. I'm fortunate that several groups have adopted me. I've been very honest in my applications to...

A Whole New Language

Sometimes things take me by surprise. Realising I was fluent in a foreign language was one of those times.  I could read, write, speak, interpret and even when things were spelled incorrectly or used inappropriately I understood what was meant.  That is true mastery...

My Logo

My Logo

Reading time: 3 minutes Do you know where my logo originates from? - There is a reason for each component. I originally wanted 4 hands imposed on top of each other and changing in size from largest to smallest and a dark purple to a pale lilac.  I wanted...