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...

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

SEN Money 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 many...

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...