How many children born prematurely are in your class?

Teachers are not aware that there are as many as 4 children born prematurely in every classroom. These children are often ‘ wired differently’. Their profiles of learning can be quite different. They can attain and achieve , but the routes for getting there may be different from those traditionally used by teachers .
Two new articles have highlighted this issue and the challenges for the teaching profession.
On 31st January 2013 at the Institute of Education in London, there will be a national conference to focus on this issue.
Please think of coming along.

NOFAS – UK Article

NOFAS-UK is pleased to announce the release of the eighth issue of the FETAL ALCOHOL FORUM with the latest FASD research and articles from a range of experts in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. It includes an educational article by Barry Carpenter, with specific reference to the work of Carolyn Blackburn ( currently a researcher at Birmingham City University,) some of which can be found on the NOFAS-UK website. Early Years practitioners would really find Carolyn’s study, “Building Bridges to Understanding” enormously valuable.

Book Review

Leading Lights, the newsletter of the New Zealand Educational Administration & Leadership Society, has recently published a book review of  “Educating Children and Young People With Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Constructing personalised pathways to learning”

Preview of “LL Vol 4 2012c.pdf”

New advice on classroom design for students with FASD

This is a new initiative from the Department of Children’s Services in South Australia. Some helpful ideas, in a little discussed area.

Advice for Primary Teachers on Children with Complex Needs

Many teachers in Primary Schools are reporting a changing population of children in their classrooms. They are seeing more children with what they describe as having  ‘ Complex Needs”.
This article describe a case study from the DfE funded research project on children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, which specifically focuses on the application of some of the ‘new generation pedagogy ‘ in the Primary classroom.