A special educational need or a passing phase?

Spotting SEN

Special educational needs (SEN) affect all social classes and intellects. Children do not outgrow SEN but, with help, learn to cope. Some children with special needs are readily identified, others develop coping strategies — children can use common sense, quick-wittedness, intelligence and other virtues (or vices) to disguise the effects of an SEN. Later, particularly when public exams loom and youngsters are openly ‘measured’ against their peers, they may lack self-esteem and become increasingly anxious. We have come across cases where severe dyslexia has been diagnosed in mid A level when the adaptability finally ran out.


SEN - How A School Should Help
    The statutory guidance on inclusive schooling that exists for all state schools and nurseries for children with SEN in England doesn't apply to schools in other parts...

Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  Formalising classroom help and target setting   What is an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and what will it mean for a child and their parents if an IEP is suggested? An...


Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
The child with specific learning difficulties can be hard to spot. Often, intelligent and articulate it is their own sense of frustration that is frequently the first clue.   'Specific...

Dyslexic - Is That My Child?
Reading, writing, spelling difficulties - could the problems your child is facing be indicative of dyslexia? Dyslexia is a common difficulty, but that does not make it less of a...


A special educational need or a passing phase?
Special educational needs (SEN) affect all social classes and intellects. Children do not outgrow SEN but, with help, learn to cope. Some children with special needs are readily identified,...

Special Needs Introduction
Sandra Hutchinson, Editor of The Good Schools Guide - Special Educational Needs provides a practical introduction. Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only...


Living With Cerebral Palsy
  There is great debate about where a child should be educated. I have been to both special and mainstream schools. I believe, regardless of disability, a school should explore...

Schools For The Hearing Impaired
Debate rages over the best educational route for children with SEN, even for seemingly similar children, with very similar conditions... If a child is profoundly deaf, should...




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