#PedagooHampshire16

Having followed last years #PedagooHampshire conversation on Twitter I was really excited to have booked on for this years event. I knew that it would be a fantastic opportunity to connect in realtime with passionate educators from across the UK, many of whom I have had the privilege of engaging with via Twittersphere. My alarm hollered … Continue reading #PedagooHampshire16

Don’t bite off more than you can chew!

It’s fantastic to finally have the students back, things are back in full swing and it’s great to have hustle and bustle about the place. Whilst it’s nice to be in at points during the summer to catch up with work and colleagues, I absolutely love the start of a new academic year – welcoming … Continue reading Don’t bite off more than you can chew!

Ofsted Insights and Disconnects

Last week I wrote about the new joint SEND Local Area inspections, particularly in reference to the commonality that the two outcome letters published to date share – capacity around diagnosis and support for children with autism. I experienced the third joint local area SEND inspection first-hand in my own local authority at the end … Continue reading Ofsted Insights and Disconnects

Autism and the Ofsted CQC Joint Local Area SEND Inspections

Last week saw the first two local area inspection letters released by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission since the publication of the joint inspection framework during the latter part of April 2016. Brighton and Hove and Bolton were the first areas to be inspected in May 2016 under the newly devised inspection which seeks to explore … Continue reading Autism and the Ofsted CQC Joint Local Area SEND Inspections

We’re all on the spectrum somewhere…

No, we’re really not! References to being somewhere on the vastness of the autistic spectrum really get my goat and are all too common. Similarly references to having ‘mild’ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I don’t live with either so I can’t confess to understand what it feels like to have either; I do however have … Continue reading We’re all on the spectrum somewhere…

Inclusion: It’s in the DNA of every school, right?

The 1st September 2014 welcomed in the dawn of the biggest reforms in more that 30 years for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the introduction of the Children & Families Act (2014) and the SEND Code of Practice have brought about unprecedented changes and statutory requirements. The Code of Practice reinforced the importance … Continue reading Inclusion: It’s in the DNA of every school, right?