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...

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. ...

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...

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...