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October 31, 2016

This morning the local paper ran a story about the rising school exclusions in Norfolk here

There has been an almost 50% rise in exclusions last year with another 50 already expelled in the first seven weeks of the current year, according to the article. Four Head teach...

September 24, 2016

When I hear of a tribunal appeal that is for ‘placement only’, I let out a sigh and my heart sinks just a little bit more. Even though statements have been around now for two complete generations, it’s still obvious that precious few professionals involved in the syste...

September 3, 2016

This was first published on Special Needs Junglehttp://www.specialneedsjungle.com/exam-access-arrangements-what-are-they-and-who-gets-them/

It’s that time again when students anxiously await their exam results. We all hope for good passes all round, but not every studen...

August 29, 2016

Reasons for my literacy, part 4: social rules? | bjpren

The argument between phonics vs sight reading is a polarising one and like the paradigm wars, it is also very unhelpful. Both phonics and sight reading are two sides of the same coin, designed to produce literate p...

August 9, 2016

The following is a brief commentary of dyslexia as a medical condition. Many conditions get medicalised, but should they be? This is just one way of looking at a difficulty in acquiring literacy.

The various definitions of dyslexia (of which there are many) do not diffe...

August 9, 2016

For many, literacy means being able to read and write; something that you learn on entry to school. For those who learned this skill quickly and easily, little thought may have been given to whether there are different types of literacy or to difficulties with literacy...

July 25, 2016


Sorry for the title, lyrics constantly go through my head and I was a bit of a fan of Ian Drury and the Blockheads…

Teachers get a rough time of it when it comes to literacy and special educational needs. The SEND reforms are pretty explicit in stating that there has h...

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Bren Prendergast   Education Advocate (SEND)