Toolkits and Glasses

23 Feb 2018
Developing Initial Teacher Trainees as ‘SEND champions’ by Tracy Edwards Throughout a full career (spanning many different roles, across several different schools) a teacher will inevitability encounter numerous situations which they could not have possibly predicted.  Very many pupils will present with unique learning differences, requiring highly personalised...
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Books Beyond Words Review

26 Jan 2018
by Tracy Edwards The ‘Books Beyond Words’ initiative publishes a range of books with picture stimuli to which enables young adults with a learning disabilities, to engage in dialogues on a range of social and emotional issues. ‘Books Beyond Words’ also supports organisations such as libraries, schools and social services to facilitate ‘book clubs’ to address barriers to...
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Leaders of questions, not leaders of answers

24 Jan 2018
by Annie Grant 'Leaders should be leaders of questions, not leaders of answers,' Kay Bedford OBE, former headteacher at Swiss Cottage told senior leaders attending session 2 of the 2017/18 Aspiring Leaders course. 'If colleagues become dependent on you for answers, there can be no growth.' She was introducing  the first of a two-day session, focusing on mentoring and...
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Learning to coach

17 Jan 2018
by Annie Grant Have the middle leaders in your school started 'leaning in' and maintaining eye-contact? Do they seem to listen more than they used to? Are they asking you questions, rather than telling you how it should be done? If so, it is possible that they attended Day 3 of Camden's 2017/18 Middle Leaders Programme, held yesterday at Swiss Cottage School. The focus was on...
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Small Data, Big Steps

16 Jan 2018
by Tracy Edwards Over the past term a range of professional learning and school-to-school support activity across Swiss Cottage TSA has focussed on the implementation of the recommendations of the Rochford Review. Throughout this, a new mantras for the assessment of pupils with SEND seem to have come into creation: “Small Data, Big Steps”: For years, in special...
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