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SEND Futures Conference

I attended the SEND Futures Conference organised by Richmond & Kingston’s provider of Children’s Services, Achieving for Children. Over 325 teachers, SENDCOs, voluntary sector organisations and charities, attended the spacious venue at Twickenham Stoop. There were presentations on a number of issues including Whole School Send and SCERTS (a framework for delivering intervention for children … Continue reading SEND Futures Conference

I don’t see the point

  “I don’t see the point?” have you ever heard a young person in your care say this? Your first reaction might be to think they’re rude or defiant. But what if they are on the autistic spectrum?  It’s not the obvious thing most people think about when they imagine what a young person with … Continue reading I don’t see the point

Suzy Rowland, Channel 5 News: Timpson Review on Exclusions

A good indicator of an inclusive school or successful whole school approach to SEND is surely the degree to children with SEN are excluded or repeatedly excluded from school. Like incarceration, there appears to be a high likelihood of a repeat exclusion if a school has decided to make the decision to exclude once. The … Continue reading Suzy Rowland, Channel 5 News: Timpson Review on Exclusions

Reviews, Exclude, Recycle

Tuesday, saw the publication of the Timpson Review on exclusions. As I was replying to emails in my PJs on Tuesday morning, I got an email from Channel 5 News, no less, asking me to comment on the review. After a brief telephone chat with news editor, they decided to do a face-to-face interview at … Continue reading Reviews, Exclude, Recycle

Expert Overload & Imposter Syndrome

Arrived back from doing a huge talk in Birmingham at Khembe’s Return to Your Roots about autism and ADHD and their impact on Black children who are often diagnosed later or misdiagnosed (Institute of Education) and are pretty near the top of the exclusions table (Department for Education). I set up the #happyinschool project less … Continue reading Expert Overload & Imposter Syndrome

Your autism/ADHD tribe

A recent group of #happyinschool-ers enjoyed the project so much, in particular the friendship they provided for each other, they decided to set up a WhatsApp group. Think about that for a minute. They opted to stay in contact, rather than drift off to continue their struggle alone, like lily pads on a lake. They … Continue reading Your autism/ADHD tribe

The Brick Wall

Ahh, the brick wall. You know you’ve hit one when everything you do points you right back to where you started. Well, I’m not a magician (although some would argue to the contrary), but I believe the brick wall is an illusion, one designed to keep you in your place, on the back foot, in … Continue reading The Brick Wall