Special Educational Needs

Mum Of Son With Autism Explains Why She Can't Tell You Whether Her Son Is Enjoying School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum of a boy with autism has shared why she can’t answer well-meaning questions about whether he enjoyed his first day of pre-school. Mum Adrian W...

Am I Doing My Child, And Society In General, A Disservice By Rejecting A Mainstream Education?

Kelly Kemp | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Kelly Kemp

I am currently having a battle with my conscience. My daughter needs more than the mainstream education (in a very good, very accommodating school) can offer her, but if she goes to special school I am responsible for denying her mainstream peers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about her and her condition, which, eventually, I would hope would lead to greater acceptance as she grows up and tries to make her own way in the world.

Living With Mosaic Down's Syndrome

Dr Joanna Mitchell | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Joanna Mitchell

We eat cake and drink tea and I feel strangely at ease with this person who I have not seen for 25 years. What a life, what a trooper. She's worked hard to overcome stigma, to get ahead, to bounce back and to be who she is, who she really is.

Teacher Invited SEND Pupils To Her Wedding And It Was Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Parents

A teacher decided to invite a group of her pupils, who have special educational needs, to her wedding, as she knew the day wouldn’t be complete with...

The Government's Life Chances Strategy: A Real Opportunity to Spread the Word

Octavia Holland | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Octavia Holland

With recent government announcements on the development of strategies covering Life Chances, the early years' workforce and the future of Children's Centres, let's remember the fundamental importance of children and young people's speech, language and communication skills.

Communications That Include Us All

Devi Clark | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Tech
Devi Clark

When it comes to people with additional needs, everyone has their unique set of needs and abilities. Filisia addresses this by offering full customisation of the hardware and software and numerous activities, so users can pick what suits them best.

Mother's Day Reflection: My Son Said His First Word Age 6. It Wasn't Mum, But I Didn't Care

Catherine Shooter | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Parents
Catherine Shooter

How would my little boy understand his world? How would he cope? Would he ever know friendship? What would the future be? How could I possibly be there with him every minute of the day and protect him from the pain of scorn and rejection.

Special Needs in Mainstream? Does it Really Work?

Kate Shippey | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Shippey

Unless a child follows the 'special education' path from birth and has a statement (or EHCP as it's now known) in place for the beginning of their educational journey, us parents have no choice other than to plunge our child into the mainstream school and cover our eyes, hoping for the best when we do it.

How to Help Autistic Kids With English

Melanie Kendry | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Kendry

As a private tutor, I often work with autistic spectrum children in English. Many of them 'don't get' English. They might struggle to understand what they're supposed to do for homework and can become so frustrated they give up. Though they may not be dyslexic, they might not read...

Every Disabled Child Matters

Jane Raca | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Raca

Fourteen years ago, I gave birth to a very premature baby boy, with brain damage. It was no-one's fault, just one of those things. It has been a difficult journey, watching him grow up and not learn to walk or talk. We have got through it with love, and with joy at his survival, his courage, and the things he can do. Far bleaker than his disabilities, has been finding that we have to battle for almost everything he needs...

The Power of Music

Scarlette Fever | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Scarlette Fever

The aim is for the young people to write their own song with as little input from me as possible. I'm there to support and guide. It's astounding to witness what these young people are capable of, how naturally creating music comes to them.

Exclusion Figures Prove We Need to Tackle Root Causes Behind Bad Behaviour

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

When you see an unruly child making a scene at school it's easy to dismiss them as irresponsible and reckless. What people don't realise is that behind inappropriate and erratic actions often lies a tragic story.

Gove's Bibles Sent To Blind Students 'Who Can't Even Read Them'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Michael Gove's controversial bibles have racked up yet more headlines after it was claimed copies were sent to blind students - even though they canno...

The Intimidating Appeal System for Special Educational Needs

Ellee Seymour | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Ellee Seymour

I was shocked to discover the painful process that some families have to endure when appealing against their local education authority's special educational needs provision for their vulnerable child.

Every Child Can Learn Instead of Going to Prison

Nicky Cox MBE | Posted 10.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Nicky Cox MBE

Half of the juveniles arrested during last year's summer riots in Britain were educational failures who had not mastered the basics by the age of 11, ...

Tougher Teacher Training Needed To Raise Standards, Ofsted Says

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Tougher training should be given to teachers in a bid to raise standards in the classroom, an education watchdog has proposed. The guidelines, draw...

How our Special Educational Needs Provision Could be Transformed

Ellee Seymour | Posted 09.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Ellee Seymour

There are 1.7 million children in England with special educational needs, ranging from dyslexia and Down's syndrome, to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity. The way their needs are met is currently under review by the government. And not a moment too soon.

Journalism: Ruthless Verses Nice

Helen Drew | Posted 14.09.2011 | UK
Helen Drew

At the end of this saga, many journalists will be left standing, still with lovely jobs at glossy magazines, international news channels or at least, a regional political programme. But what sort of journalists will be left?