• The Hidden Curriculum You Might Not Know About

    by Barry Whelan In every classroom and every school, there is a formal curriculum the teacher teaches. Everyone knows what it is, and it is there for all to see and assess but what are schools covertly teaching unbeknownst to themselves? The answer can be known as the hidden curriculum. The hidden curriculum is considered …

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  • Making World Book Day Inclusive

    by Emma Bara Recently, I attended a meeting at my daughter’s school, which has a special unit for hearing impaired children. On the agenda was World Book Day and how it could be made more engaging than just having kids dress up in any old costume, which usually leads to a silly number of princesses …

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  • Autism and Accessibility

    by Adam Barrett, Access Social Ltd. Being an older brother I have always been very protective of my little sister. (there’s 4 years difference between the two of us) This protectiveness has definitely been increased to biblical proportions due to her disability. Look at her the wrong way, use inappropriate language in her presence, I’ll …

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  • Helping your kids with social situations

    By Paul Rose, YouTeachMeToo. Have you ever found yourself in social situations that you were not sure how to handle? How did it make you feel? Awkward? Embarrassed? Confused? Angry? Frustrated? It can be hard to understand what other people really mean and expect from you, and it can be just as hard to get …

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  • Reflections on the rewards of supporting refugee children and families

    by Lynne Awbery, teacher of the deaf. A lawyer from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a mother from Sudan, a teacher from former Yugoslavia, an architect from Somalia, a doctor from Eritrea, a teenager from Rwanda, a carpenter from Afghanistan, a trafficked mother from Ghana, a housewife, widow and mother from Sri Lanka….. and …

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  • Hospital Play Workers, more than just a bit of fun!

    by David Bara You might call them play workers, they are the people who you’ll find doing fun things in the hospital play rooms or who come and visit you by your hospital bed with armfuls of stickers, but did you know their proper title is likely to be Health Play Specialists (in the UK) …

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  • Making changes as a parent by Keighley Miles

    Recently I found out that our local hospital has a CHSWG group (Children hearing services working together) and after attending some working in partnership training with National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) I decided to volunteer to become a parent representative. This means at the meeting I can put the parents’ views across and make the …

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  • Choosing a school for your SEN child by Kate O’Riordan

    Finding the right school place for your child is one of the most important, stressful and challenging decisions you will ever have to make, whether your child has needs or not.  I have three children all at different schools, and I work in a fourth, that is a lot of INSET days to juggle!  The …

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  • From Cancer to SEND – a bumpy journey of acceptance.

    It can be hard to transition from being a cancer family to a special educational needs and disability family. This is one family's story.

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  • Social Situations – teach your child how you want them to react.

    by Paul Rose of YouTeachMeToo There comes a time when you have to decide: accept the status quo or take positive action. For 12 years I worked in UK schools, including a few years as a headteacher. Despite running a ‘successful’ school, I decided I could no longer watch young people being failed. So I …

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