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Founded in 2014 when a group of experienced tutors, teachers, counsellors and children’s specialists became fed up with the shortfall in services available for young people who needed educational and emotional support to achieve their aspirations. With Sarah Louise Hopkins (degree in English Lit from Bristol; also a specialist in SEN and mental health) at the helm and the rest as practitioners and/or advisory board members, they are now a holistic not-for-profit provider of academic tuition and specialist needs provision for SEN, mental health and other additional needs.
Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only determined once a child has experienced considerable difficulties, frustrations or social and emotional problems.
Over the years, diagnosis of and provision for SEN have improved, but both can still be a minefield.
Identifying different kinds of special educational needs
Few children fit a condition perfectly – if they do, we tend to say they are a ‘classic’ case. Most will not be straightforward: perhaps a dyslexic with dyspraxia and a touch of ADD, or a child with ASD who also has Down’s syndrome.
Just as special needs are hard to…
There are currently around 164 state funded grammar schools located in 36 English local authorities, with around 167,000 pupils between them. There are a further 69 grammar schools in Northern Ireland, but none in Wales or Scotland. Almost half of these are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston, with only a few grammar schools.
How to find a state grammar school
Word of warning: not all selective grammar schools have 'grammar' in their…
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