SEN

Choosing a school for a child with special educational needs

Couple on a laptop choosing a school for a child with special educational needs

Amongst the most crucial choices you will ever have to make for children with special educational needs, is the selection of the right school. It should be stressed that, whatever sources of information you use or what advice you take, in the end the only valid choice will be one based on your own visits to the schools themselves and discussions with their staff, pupils and Heads. One of the key things you will certainly want to consider is which type of school would be most appropriate for your child. There are a number of options to choose from.

 

Options Trent Acres School – implementing a positive learning culture for students with SEN

Boy with SEN at Trent Acres School

Options Trent Acres, Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, a special independent school for boys and girls aged 8-18 with autism and a range of complex needs including mild learning disabilities, was recently declared ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Trent Acres, run by Options Autism,is part of Outcomes First Group. Here, headteacher Melanie Callaghan-Lewis discusses how staff have implemented a positive learning culture at the school. 

Case study: how St Giles School won SEN School of the Year at Shine a Light Awards

Shine a Light St Giles staff receive award from judge Malcolm Reeves and Sally Phillips

St Giles School in Derby is dedicated to supporting children with complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The school has won the SEN School of the Year Award for its work supporting pupils' communication and independence skills at the 2019 Shine a Light Awards, organised by Pearson in partnership with The Communication Trust. The awards were hosted by Sally Phillips, with a performance from Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy.

St Giles School’s motto is to ‘inspire and achieve through creativity’ with their mission being to ‘provide pupils with effective strategies to communicate, promote independence and prepare pupils for life in the local and wider community’. Staff at St Giles definitely do that!

Does the UK Have an Adequate Support in Place for Children with Special Educational Needs?

Child with special educational needs being supported by a teacher

It’s essential that young people receive a strong foundation in education to prepare them for their future. Our self-progression and self-development are dependent upon our ability to absorb and process knowledge on range of different topics, experiences and events. Through our learning experience at school, we gain a better understanding of the world and our place within it.

Making learning accessible for everyone is hugely important, including for those with special educational needs (SEN). It’s fair to say that this segment of our population faces a greater set of challenges with learning and teaching methods often require a specialist approach. 

'Tis The Season At Kidzania London

Children playing cricket at Kidzania

Book a trip now to KidZania’s December STEM Fair and receive a special Christmas gift for your school! Plus get in early for Careers Fair this January 19! 

KidZania London – the indoor city run by kids at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush – is excited to announce its action packed winter line up, boasting a series of special events, new partners and bonus gifts for schools who visit during the festive season and beyond, helping to bring the school curriculum to life.

How music and technology can increase engagement and social communication in SEN school settings

SEN

A pioneering new research article, on SEN subjects, published in the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities explores the impact of an intervention combining music and technology on children with a dual diagnosis of autism and intellectual disabilities (ID), and excitingly reports positive outcomes, especially regarding social communication (i.e. behaviour regulation and joint attention). Although there has been much academic research conducted on the benefits of music on children with autism, this is the first study to explore the impact of a technology-mediated music-making intervention on the engagement levels and social communication skills of children with autism and ID at school.

School app helps SEND school improve parental engagement

The Piota school app is used at Kingsdown, which boasts a swimming pool

Parental engagement without disruption: how one school app has helped an SEND setting to connect with families...

Parental engagement can be difficult for most schools, but when children arrive and leave in buses and taxis, speaking to parents is even harder. The Kingsdown School, part of the SEN Trust Southend Multi Academy Trust, supports 120 students up to 14 years of age with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD); 95% have a cognitive ability below pre-reception age.

Collaborate to innovate: opening up tech to students with SEN

Collaborate to innovate: opening up tech to students with SEN

In the time since education technology was first introduced into schools much has changed in the way we view it. Whereas once the attention was on devices - the number of laptops or availability of smart-boards in the classroom - today, priorities have shifted. Teachers are now looking to education technology to enhance teaching and learning, or to change pedagogy - and are seeing its potential particularly in helping students with Special Educational Needs.