Can OFSTED be a SENCO’s Best Friend?
This issue is a piece by renowned SEND influencer, Brian Lamb OBE. Past experience may cause many educators to throw their hands up in horror at the sentiment, but read to see how – and why – Brian thinks SENCOs can use this framework to their – and most importantly their students’ benefit.
A Q&A with Ofsted’s Matthew Barnes on SEND reforms
This issue is on the most challenging of topics –Ofsted inspections– with an exclusive interview by Editor-at-Large Edward Farrow, with Matthew Barnes, OFSTED’s special adviser on SEND.
Autism, gender and gender dysphoria
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen discusses autistic girls; gender and the diagnostic process; ongoing research into autistic females; gender dysphoria and sexual identity; EHCPs and mental health; and the genetic links between autistic children and their parents. Dr Sarah Hendrickx examines autistic girls hiding in plain sight; identifying them in a mainstream setting; and helping them to cope with the nuances of teenage girl friendships. Dr Wenn Lawson draws on his own experience of gender dysphoria and autism, to discuss the links between the two conditions and the ways in which he overcame these barriers.
The SEND reforms, the new curriculum and the Rochford Review
Edward Timpson MP (minister of state for vulnerable children and families) and Dr Adam Boddison (CEO of nasen) tackle questions on the Code of Practice, early identification, nominal budgets, the new national curriculum, the Rochford Review, SEND and teacher training courses, and 2017 and beyond. Brian Lamb OBE looks at the SEND reforms, education, health and care plans, the local offer and strategic engagement, and outcomes.
Children and young people’s mental health
Anne Longfield OBE (children’s commissioner for England) discusses the state of the nation’s child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) via: CAMHS cuts, SEN general annual grant (GAG) funding, demographics, exclusions, legal aid, and the post-Brexit landscape. Sarah Norris (senior educational psychologist (EP)) explores the particular challenges facing professionals who support children and young people with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties.
An autism special issue for the Autism Show
Dr Temple Grandin provides a unique insight into autism and her life. Steve Silberman tackles the big questions on inclusion, causation research, gender personalisation in education, and the future of autism. Dr Sue Sheppard speaks about Lorna Wing, autism in the UK, the importance of good training and the future for young people with autism.
Please note: this issue has been curated from previous issues of The SEND Practitioner.
Examining autism and analysing the government’s education White Paper
Dr Temple Grandin discusses autism and her life and times. Dr Sue Sheppard speaks about Lorna Wing, autism in the UK, the importance of good training and the future for young people with autism. Brian Lamb OBE writes about the government’s latest education White Paper and its possible impact on the SEND reforms.
Autism with the winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
Steve Silberman looks at autism through the prism of the writing and research that he undertook for his multiple award-winning book: Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. His masterpiece won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015 and was named as one of the best books of that year by The Guardian, The Economist and The Financial Times.
Channel 4’s Educating Cardiff through the eyes of a teacher
A look at Channel 4’s Educating Cardiff with Willows High School’s assistant head and SEN line manager. Ian Whittaker sheds light on examination concessions; the school’s state of readiness for the Welsh reforms; and the pressure that the future funding squeeze will have on the school’s staffing levels and pastoral care. He illuminates the school’s truly person-centred approach through conversations about four pupils who make huge strides in the show.
The hearing impairment landscape in a time of seismic change
Looking at the hearing impairment landscape with Susan Daniels OBE.