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The Semi-Formal Curriculum Structure – Fountaindale School, Mansfield

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A Play Route Map Planner – Fountaindale School, Mansfield

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Reflections on the Rochford Review with particular regard to pupils with SEND – Richard Aird, OBE.

Introduction.
In 2014 The Commission for Assessment without Levels (CAWL 2015) began a major review of statutory assessment arrangements for pupils in England. The subsequent report contained a number of negative observations about the relative value of assessing pupils by reference to national curriculum levels.

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The Rochford Review Recommendations: An analysis.

Firstly, a slight warning; these are recommendations not definites. Other previous government sponsored reviews have made recommendations that have not been carried through – The Salt Review of 2010 recommended distinct teacher training for SLD and PMLD for example. However, given both the DfE’s and Ofsted’s significant involvement in the deliberations and the fact that there are no real cost factors here,

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Helping deaf children to accept wearing their hearing aids.

Oh my! the problems are many and not unusual and I hope this blog may help you to help the deaf children you are working with.

Is she constantly pulling the hearing aids out and throwing them?  The first thing to check is the ear mould.

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Let’s Make a Plan! (for Sensory Differences in Autism)

In the 1970s Carl Delecato (in his work as an educator with kids who had all kinds of difficulties) had an inspired hunch. Maybe the unusual mannerisms and difficult behaviours that got the label of ‘autisms’ were nothing of the kind – they might just be better defined as ‘sensoryisms’.

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Does your multi sensory room follow the AAA principles?

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the principles behind the design of a great multi sensory room. Some designs I’ve seen are based on cost and/or standard company ‘packages,’ but the most successful designs are those based on the needs of the pupils or students who will use the space.

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Bubble tubes & challenging Behaviour – how best to use this vital tool!

Since the dawn of multi-sensory rooms, light rooms or whatever you may happen to call your special place, one piece of equipment has always featured. Not front and centre but always stuck in the corner and nearly always backed by mirrors. The good old bubble tube, small ones,

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6 things you can do to help a deaf child in your class.

Why is hearing so crucial to children’s development and their education?

It’s all about language and the ability to think.

If a child has good vision and is brought up in a signing environment at home and in school, it is true that she can learn language to a high level and think abstractly with signs as words in the head.

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5 Tips for dealing with challenging behaviour

5 Tips for dealing with challenging behaviour – June 2016

  1. Much of the time when we are faced with behaviour that challenges us as supporter can stem from the individual’s sensory processing skills being out of balance. We can help to support them when we are fully aware of this.

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