Words do not confine me

15 Mar 2018
A poem written by an IoE student, following a week-long placement in a Swiss Cottage School classroom, as part of 'What's Special About Special?'.   Words do not confine me My diagnosis does not define me I am not a twitch, a fit, a tick I am not a bite, a hit, a kick I am not a set of behaviours to control I am a person, I have a soul. Every day I struggle...
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What kind of leader are you? Do your staff see red when you communicate with them, does conflict make you blue?

07 Mar 2018
by Annie Grant The fifth session of the 2017/18 Aspiring Leaders course focused on leading teaching and learning. In the morning, Gail Weir, headteacher at Waverley School, Enfield, revealed the outcomes of a questionnaire - E. H. Porter's Strengths deployment inventory - that participants had completed earlier. Each participant received a personalised printout, which...
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Successful school leadership in a complex landscape

24 Feb 2018
  by Annie Grant In the fourth session of the 2017/18 Aspiring Leaders course, Prue Barnes-Kemp, Executive Headteacher of the Opossum Federation challenged participants to think about the nature of 'inclusive leadership', and what it takes to be an inclusive school leader in an education system that increasingly demands a collaborative approach. 'The days of headteachers...
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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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