Shaping lives...
  • Resource bases: What do stakeholders want and how can we ensure positive outcomes for pupils? – Beth Barnsley March 22, 2017
    In recent years there has been a substantial increase in the number of children being diagnosed with autism and consequently an increase in those educated in mainstream settings. In response to this, local authorities have commissioned specialist provisions within mainstream schools in a bid to meet the needs of those children with autism who struggle […] […]
  • Reflections on an Entitlement to the Arts – Mervyn Benford February 28, 2017
    “Schoolsweek” and NAPE’s “Primary First” recently featured work I did in the 1960s under Nuffield Junior Science- designed to produce what employers have consistently claimed missing when recruiting- people who can think for themselves, make decisions, take responsibility, work in teams and solve problems. Science suffers political ideology. Children’s entit […]
  • What is the ‘sense’ in Sensory Education? – Craig Clarke February 10, 2017
    Frequently in Special education we encounter the word ‘sensory’. We have sensory rooms, sensory diets, sensory stories, sensory circuits, sensory walks, and sensory gardens. Used in these myriad ways, what does the word ‘sensory’ mean? The dictionary definition of sensory reads: ‘relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the s […]
  • Learners First – Rob Stokoe OBE February 3, 2017
     We live in interesting and challenging times as educators.  Challenging in that we know so much more about how we learn and how positivity, happiness and wellbeing have the ability to enhance learning and transform classrooms. As a consequence we are continually adapting as we embrace new understandings.  We also live with another truth which […] […]
  • Can you replace a teacher with a robot? By Chris Yapp January 13, 2017
    Here we go again? Twenty years ago, the question being asked was “can you replace a teacher with a computer?” A case of déjà vu? There is a phrase in Hungarian that translated roughly means “there is nothing new in the world, only those things that we have forgotten”. The standard answer 20 years ago, […] […]