SENsible SENCO Blogs

Maths Factor (Carol Vorderman)

Maths Factor (Carol Vorderman)

OK, I’ll admit it.  I’m a little star struck this week!  Its all well and good presenting on the webinar series with some famous names…but someone else organised all that.  When you actually have a celebrity agree to talk to you personally, well that’s something...

School Transition and Virtual Coffee Mornings

School Transition and Virtual Coffee Mornings

Transitions and virtual coffee mornings Viral? Well that blew up, didn’t it?  One minute I causally mention virtual coffee mornings as a good solution to the current problem, the next moment everyone, everywhere is asking for information on how to run a coffee...

SEN Transition (from primary to secondary)

SEN Transition (from primary to secondary)

SEN Transition from primary to secondary - during covid-19 So, another week has gone by and the wannabe—lockdown continues.  We are no clearer now as to when things might return to relative normality, than we were ten minutes after things were announced 5 weeks ago. ...

Use of TAs post-covid

Use of TAs post-covid

Can I move a TA between bubbles?   It’s going to be one of those questions that they engrave on my gravestone…along with, “Who goes on the SEN register?”   I read a really great answer on Facebook and thought I’d take that and expand it a little further....

Number Stacks Review

Number Stacks Review

Number Stacks Introduction Now the first company to contact me (literally within ten minutes of putting out my request for Maths things to review on Twitter) was James from Number Stacks.  Less than 7 days later I had a package arrive in the post.  I would call it an...

Spot On With Number Review

Spot On With Number Review

Spot On With Number Introduction When I started off Maths Month May, I put out a plea on Twitter for individuals to contact me with anything they’d like a review on.  Two companies (relatively new in the field) came back with some physical manipulatives and offered to...

Dyscalculia CPD

Dyscalculia CPD

I'm sure Steve Chinn won't mind me saying but I wasn't quite as star struck chatting to him on the phone this week about Dyscalculia...I was still impressed nonetheless.  I contacted him out of the blue and he gave up nearly an hour of his time to talk to me about the...

SEN Round-Up (17th May 2020)

SEN Round-Up (17th May 2020)

SEN Round Up - 17th May 2020 What a week… I’ll be honest, I was tempted not to write a round up this week and say I was on holiday, or something!  Then I realised I’d have twice as much to do next week and I’d end up contradicting myself several times over! My...

SEN Round Up (8th May 2020)

SEN Round Up (8th May 2020)

8th May 2020 It’s a bank holiday - and amazingly the DfE seems to have heeded it with no emails today of changes to content...she glares at the screen waiting for them to prove her wrong and ping another one through! That said, on Wednesday they sent no less than 16...

SEN Round Up (2nd May 2020)

SEN Round Up (2nd May 2020)

SEN round up: 2nd May 2020 You know when you get a paper cut?  You know you’ve done it and you know it’ll hurt, but it’s only about 20 minutes later it really hits and its agony rather than a twinge?  Well, that was SEN this week… We knew the Secretary of State for...

Online Learning and Assistive Technology

Online Learning & Assistive Technology Let’s talk about online learning and assistive technology.  There is a need to define the different types of online learning since whenever we say it at the moment there is an automatic assumption, we mean virtual teaching or...

Mental Health, Well-being, Bereavement and Behaviour

Mental health, wellbeing, bereavement and behaviour Introduction I am not an expert in mental health (apart from my own), wellbeing, bereavement or behaviour – actually as a SENCO I know a little bit about a lot, but I don’t think I’d be any good on Mastermind! I...

SEN COVID-19 Newsletter – Week 4

SEN COVID-19 Newsletter – Week 4

25th APRIL 2020 It has taken me nearly 15 hours to produce this today.  Not because there was lots to update - but because I have had to reinstall my whole computer operating system THREE times.  Anyway, here it is… Most of the changes are unrelated to SEN directly...

Week 3 Take 2

Week 3 Take 2

SEN Round up - 19th April You know when you’ve finished something, and then someone changes the goalposts on you…of course you do, you’re a SENCO, and it happens all the time.  Well, that’s what happened here.  After completing the round-up yesterday and popping it in...

SEN COVID-19 Newsletter – Week 3

SEN COVID-19 Newsletter – Week 3

SEN Round-up during the COVID-19 lockdown SEN Round-up...as of 18th April 2020. The second week of the Easter break comes to an end for many schools and plans are in place to return (or not) next week.  Whether you’re working from home or going in to school the...

SEN COVID-19 Newsletter Week 2

SEN COVID-19 Newsletter Week 2

SEN Round-up in the second week of COVID-19 lockdown. SEN Roundup...as of 8th April 2020. It’s the Easter break now for most schools and although many remain open for key workers there isn’t quite the same pressure around trying to deliver a remote curriculum whilst...

KazType

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...