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Why nasen’s free CPD training can help SEND practitioners

Over the past six months, Jonathan Bond has worked with nasen to develop ‘Focus on SEND’. This free DfE-funded online CPD takes nine hours to complete and has been created for all mainstream teachers and settings across England.

This key resource launches at nasen Live on 29-30 April.

Jonathan, our head of learning design, discusses the project and outlines its vital significance:

‘This was developed to square the circle of delivering practical change in teaching practice through a very short training course. Teachers face a great deal of competing time pressures and many existing courses simply add to this workload.

‘With this nine-hour course, we created a series of short, engaging activities that enable teachers to experience the key aspects of the graduated approach – which is now central to the new Code of Practice.

‘Experiential learning is not only the cornerstone of this course, but also lies at the heart of truly effective CPD.’

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Dr Temple Grandin to feature in April’s issue of The SEND Practitioner

We are absolutely delighted to be interviewing Temple Grandin in the first week of April and warmly invite you to email your questions to edward@realgroup.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 3 April. As ever, all those who submit a question will be in with a chance of winning a copy of Temple‘s remarkable books: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum and Thinking in Pictures.

We look forward to receiving your questions for April’s issue of The SEND Practitioner.

Read previous issues of The SEND Practitioner (including our recent interview with the brilliant Steve Silberman).

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More than a few marvellous words on autism with Steve Silberman

Issue 14 of The SEND Practitioner published on Saturday 13 February.

Our in-depth discussion with the New York Times bestselling author of Neurotribes was well-received.

Steve Silberman tackled our readers’ questions with aplomb, discussing:

  • Whether a normal person can fully realise and understand the autistic day-to-day realisation of simply not belonging.
  • How SENCOs can best support secondary school autistic children in mainstream classes.
  • The merits of pursuing causation research.
  • The differences between genders vis a vis autistic traits.
  • The value of Asperger’s case studies for supporting personalisation in education.
  • Lorna Wing’s legacy.
  • The future of autism.

Read issue 14 of The SEND Practitioner.

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We’re recruiting for two marketing professionals

We’re pleased to announce that we’re searching for two part-time marketing professionals to join our growing company at our offices in London and Canterbury.

If you’re looking for a dynamic and exciting role where you can really cut your marketing teeth, then this might just be the job for you.

If you’re interested in either of these positions, simply download the attachments below.

The application deadline is 17.00 on 18 January 2016. If you have any queries, call us and ask for Geraldine Bloomfield.

Edward Timpson’s speech outlines his perception of the SEND reforms’ progress

On 11 November 2015, Edward Timpson, the Children’s and Families Minister, addressed the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) conference on the progress of the SEND reforms.

‘All areas are well on with implementing the reforms:

  • They all have transition plans in place and are making progress.
  • They all have a Local Offer — although there is still work to do to improve their quality and local co-production arrangements. Where real thought, creativity and co-operation has flourished, it’s had great results.
  • Take the good example of a strong Local Offer in the Isle of Wight, for instance. They set up a ‘Young Inspector’ Programme to increase the involvement [of] children and young people with disabilities and additional needs, and these Young Inspectors have gone on to make a significant contribution to the Isle of Wight’s Local Offer.
  • Parent Carer Forums and Independent Supporters are up and running in every area.
  • And it’s great to see so many Forums actively shaping implementation in their local area — in June, a survey of Parent Carer Forums said that 67% were very, or extremely, well engaged. 67% is good. 100% would be of course much better, but it’s encouraging all the same.
  • And 90% of parents and young people who had help from an Independent Supporter said it was very useful, a clear justification for their introduction to help the reforms bite and enable families to be — and feel — much better supported through the assessment and planning stages in particular.’

Read Edward Timpson’s speech in full.

Examining Channel 4’s Educating Cardiff through the eyes of Ian Whittaker

Just under one year ago, we were privileged to interview key members of staff from Channel 4’s Educating the East End. With this in mind, Educating Cardiff — the latest incarnation of the series — espouses a similarly pupil-centred approach to its predecessor. We were delighted, therefore, to be able to pose our readers’ questions to Ian Whittaker (assistant head teacher, SEN line manager and star of the show). The latest issue of The SEND Practitioner contains this interview and published earlier on this month.

‘We choose to work in this school because we choose to work for the underdog. It would be easy to go somewhere else, but our members of staff are profoundly committed to pupils as individuals — their life stories, their backgrounds and their families.’

Ian Whittaker

Read the 13th issue of The SEND Practitioner.

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