Tag: Complex Needs
Why outdoor physical activity and play have a fundamental role in children’s development?
In this article Vicci Wells discusses her concept of Sports Sanctuaries. She states :
“Sport Sanctuaries take the theory of the biophilia (ie love of nature) hypothesis, whereby being outdoors, in nature, creates experiences that result in reduced stress, improved cognitive function, and enhanced mood and creativity. These spaces of sanctuary, which involve the intentional use of certain physical activities, can increase overall wellbeing and productivity” This concept has been developed into Sensory Sanctuaries, by Riverside School in Northern Ireland, particularly relevant to pupils with Autism and / or Complex Needs.
PELICAN – Promoting Emotional Literacy In Children with Additional Needs
Episode 6: A Recovery Curriculum Part 6: Beverley Cockbill
In this episode Professor Barry Carpenter interviews Beverley Cockbill, who has extensive experience of children with Complex Needs through her research and practice, especially in relation to the Engagement Model.
Bev describes how engagement is key to effective teaching and learning for this group of pupils, and how it provides a lens through which the teacher can guide the child to positive learning outcomes.
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Online professional learning around Children and Young People with Complex Needs
At this present time , when teachers and teaching assistants are home based, and looking for worthwhile on line professional learning , you may like to visit http://www.complexneeds.org.uk
16 modules of teacher training , at 4 levels . Level A is specifically designed for Teaching Assistants. Level D , for example , is for those in Leadership roles, whether as SENCO, Assistant, Deputy or Headteacher/Principal.
The attached article details what the modules are , and their aims and purpose.
When first launched the user friendly nature of each module and the accessibility were highly praised.
The Engagement Model
The guidance describes the formative and summative assessment of children as “not engaged in subject specific learning”. It will be statutory assessment in schools for those children and young people.
From this solid evidence based, a pedagogy evolved through systematic research across UK schools, and a series of International trials , which created the Engagement Framework for Learning, ( www,engagement4learning.com) This includes the ‘Engagement Profile’ which aids baseline assessment, and gives insight into the learning pathways of the child with Complex Needs. The Engagement Profile is a classroom based planning tool which links to formative assessment . Both are compatible, and indeed inform , the summative assessment opportunities of the new Engagement Model.
Designing New Learning Spaces for Children with Autism and Complex Needs
Some years ago I worked with a brilliant Architect, Christopher Beaver, to create new learning spaces for children with Autism and Complex Needs.
The information I used drew on two PhD’s I had been involved with, namely those of Dr Diana Pauli and Dr Tamara Brookes.
Linked below are a series of articles that reflect those discussions, deliberations and developments. These may be helpful in the context of the current expansion of specialist provision
To download these articles, please visit the below website link and click the blue ‘Download’ button.
Spring Issue of SEND Magazine 2019
Includes a special feature on Girls and Autism, Championing Parents, and the SMILE/Mental Health school based Inquiry project.
Click link below to open and view: https://issuu.com/sendmagazine/docs/send_magazine_spring_2019_digital
Engaging and Assessing Learners with Complex Needs [UK Event]
Speakers; Professor Barry Carpenter, Beverley Cockbill, and Alan Wood (from Evidence for Learning)
This event will take place between 9:30am and 3:30pm on 11th January 2019.
Venue : QEII Jubilee School, Kennet Road, London, W9 3LG
Booking page and info:
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