Visual Supports

Many children with SEND have dominant learning pathways which are right hemisphere based, and therefore visual (as opposed to auditory-vocal) modalities are the most successful routes to learning.

These new Guidelines on Visual Supports, (from the South Australia Education Department) may offer some useful insights to Teachers and Teaching Assistants new to this approach.

Mental Health and Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 

Margaret Mulholland | SEND & Inclusion Policy Specialist

Association of School and College Leaders interviews Professor Barry Carpenter , Professor of Mental Health in Education , Oxford Brookes University 

(Podcast recorded March 2022)

https://www.ascl.org.uk/podcasts/send

Episode 21: Family Centred Practice – Talking to families. Listening to families Working with families

This podcast exalts Schools to shift the focus from partnership with parents to partnership with families; to embrace a more holistic and inclusive approach which values the contributions of all family members involved in a Childs life.
At its loftiest this is a paradigm shift to more Family centred practice; in its practical reality it is about adjusting your school newsletter to read ‘dear families’, instead of ‘dear parents’.

In 21st-century Society, when so much childcare is delivered by family members other than parents, do we truly value their contribution ? Does it matter if the home – school liaison diary is completed by a grandparent ? Where is the ‘SibShop’ workshop event in the school calendar to enable siblings to come together for fun activities whilst bonding with other siblings whose life journey is also as a brother/ sister to a child with special educational needs/ disabilities ?
Such approaches will enrich the practice of our schools, and the lives of our families, as the speakers in this podcast powerfully illustrate.

LearningShared Episode 21 about Family Centred Practice

What you really need to know about Engagement – Podcast series

Professor Barry Carpenter, Bev Cockbill, and and expert panel, discuss the use and application of Engagement as pedagogy, formative, and summative assessment.

All three podcasts have now been released.

The links are below:Episode 17: Engagement (Part 1) Lecture Presentation – What you really need to know about Engagement
https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/learningshared/engagement-part-1-what-you-really-need-to-know-about-engagement/

Episode 18: Engagement (Part 2) A Panel Discussion – Reflections on Engagement
https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/learningshared/engagement-part-2-panel-discussion-reflections-on-engagement/

Episode 19: Engagement (Part 3) A Panel Discussion – Innovations around Engagement
https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/learningshared/engagement-part-3-panel-discussion-innovations-around-engagement/

Here’s the videos for each

#17: https://youtu.be/xRPx6P83ye0
#18: https://youtu.be/jo7WgpK76q4
#19: https://youtu.be/0vER-bLWeWw

 

EfL Networking & Development Virtual Event 25th Mar 2021: Engagement in Action
Here’s the video for the event:

Check out the SEND extension (from the DfE) to new Relationships, Health and Sex Education curriculum framework

The training module on teaching RSHE to pupils with SEND (MS Powerpoint Presentation, 318KB) should help you:

  • Understand your duties regarding SEND and relationships, sex and health education
  • Recognise some of the challenges pupils with SEND may face in these subjects
  • Appreciate some of the approaches you might take to mitigate these challenges

Employability and Students with SEND

This is a topic with few publications to support thinking and practice on what must be a priority for students with Special Needs and Disabilities in their final years of School.
In this excellent new publication from SSAT, Pauline Holbrook, pull together some rich case studies , insights from employers, and routes to accreditation . In particular her commentary on the Gatsby Benchmarks is helpful for showing how students with Special Needs can gain a meaningful careers education .
This publication is available as a free download; (for hard copies contact SSAT)

Resources to support the DfE lectures given by Professor Barry Carpenter: on 7th and 9th July 2020

The resources relate to mental health, emotional well being, and the new RSHE curriculum. They are suitable for all children and young people, and to those with SEND.

Click the PowerPoint icon below, or here to download and view the related RSHE Resources PowerPoint.

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Department for Education launch the new RSHE Framework

A lecture by Professor Carpenter, ‘ From Relationships to Resilience : Regenerating Children’s Mental Health., can be found at 29.50 on the audio podcast.

The webinar recording is now available on the PSHE SEND Hub:

https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/content/send-hub