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Sensory Engagement – the role of the multi sensory room and portable sensory environments

What is the role of the senses in our lives?  From conception to death, our lives are governed by the sensations we experience.  Sight, touch, hearing, smell, taste and the vestibular and proprioceptive senses all combine to ensure our safety and s...

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Interpreting the DfE’s response to the Rochford Review consultation and what needs to happen to bring about a change in the culture of special education – Richard Aird OBE & Claire Owens

Following consultation on the recommendations made by the Rochford Review (2016), the Department for Education (DfE) published its response at the beginning of the 2017/18 academic year.  Respondents to the consultation included teachers and school ...

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Engagement approaches for young children in the Early Years Foundation Stage – Dr. Carolyn Blackburn, Senior Research Fellow, School of Education and Social Work, Birmingham City University

  The following case study of a young child attending a specialist early years setting highlights the engagement and inquiry-based approach to re-engaging children in learning through use of the CLDD tools alongside the Early Years Foundation S...

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Engagement Stories; the personalised journey of Engagement Jodie Fotheringham, Teacher, Hamilton School, Birmingham

  My colleagues will openly talk about Engagement, its place within educating complex young people and how we need to prioritise this when moving forward. The recent recommendations in the Rochford Review placed Engagement as a key principle ...

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A Multi-Agency Approach to Using the Engagement for Learning Framework – Charlotte Parkhouse, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Katherine Shearer, Lead Teacher, Riverside School, Bromley, Kent

Introduction: For a Speech and Language Therapist, there are many challenges involved in achieving the most effective interventions possible in the Special School environment. Both direct and indirect therapy time is limited and yet pupils with Comp...

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Leading Engagement – Brandon Mills, Head Teacher, Brookfields School, Reading.

  “Engagement is the single best predictor of successful learning for children with learning disabilities” (Iovannone et al., 2003).   “Without engagement, there is no deep learning (Hargreaves, 2006), effective teaching, meanin...

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‘Engagement for Learning: Opportunities for SENCOs’

Background The Rochford Review was established in July 2015 to review statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests. The interim report, published in December 2015 provided an interim solution f...

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Mental Health

Bev Cockbill, Training Co-ordinator and structured teaching practitioner in complex learning needs , and Jo Egerton, Schools Research Consultant ‘School is a critical environment where young people should be able to flourish across all domains o...

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Rochford Review Consultation

Rochford Review consultation – closes 22 June 2017 CONTRIBUTE YOUR VIEWS Consultation questionnaire: https://consult.education.gov.uk/assessment-policy-and-development/rochford-review/   Rochford Review proposals: https://www.gov.uk/gove...

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Engaging The Learner With PMLD

This blog discusses the education of pupils with PMLD with particular reference to the Rochford Review (DfE 2016) recommendation that the statutory P level assessment for pupils working below the standard of subject specific learning should be remove...

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