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Can Meditation Calm Your Stress?

Stress is both a psychological and physical reaction to something that threatens our wellbeing - looming deadlines, poverty or a fight with your significant other. So, can meditation really help? Let's learn about the science.

5 things teachers ask me about Auditory Memory

Difficulties with Auditory memory can have a significant impact on a pupil’s ability to attend and learn at the same rate as the rest of their class. Here are the top five questions I am asked by educators about auditory memory.

A Guide to Vocabulary Teaching: Part 2

In the second blog of a three part series about vocabulary teaching, we discuss how we begin to teach children the vocabulary they need; and which children specifically benefit from this kind of teaching. Is this best achieved using a whole class, targeted or specialist approach?

The Forgotten Children Scandal - A Review

In July 2018, the House of Commons Education Committee put together their review of alternative provisions in the UK and the difficulties around providing education for children not in mainstream education. Read on for our break down and what it means for educators and those providing interventions.

No "Hope" for Coronation Street's Troublesome Child in UK's Education System?

Fiz and Tyrone’s daughter, Hope Stape, has been portrayed as a ‘troublesome’ child recently, and must now attend an alternative provision to ‘deal with’ her behaviour. Yes, it’s fictional, but it does bring up some important real-life implications for children like Hope. Based on what we know about Hope, could Wetherfield Local Authority have approached this case differently?

I'm a Child with Autism: Get me out of here!!!

This year we have seen Anne Hegerty join the jungle! Anne received a diagnosis of Aspergers at the age of 45. We all appreciate it would be extremely difficult to go into the jungle as a person with autism, but have you ever thought about how similar the jungle is to the classroom? In this blog, we will discuss 5 ways in which Anne’s experience is similar to that of a child at school.

How Speech, Language and Communication difficulties ‘Made a Murderer’

A lot of us were heartbroken by the plight of Brendan Dassey on Netflix’s documentary series ‘Making a Murderer’. Watching season 2 of the Netflix documentary this week inspired this blog, illustrating how speech, language and communication difficulties are directly linked to Brendan being imprisoned.

A Guide to Vocabulary Teaching: Part 1

In this series of blogs we will aim to answer these questions to help you plan your vocabulary teaching. We will look at a 4 step STAR approach put forward by Blachowicz and Fisher in 2010 and utilised in the incredibly helpful book ‘Word Aware’ by Stephen Parsons and Anna Branagan.

6 easy ways to make your classroom communication friendly.

It’s that time of year when everyone is busy prepping their classroom, ready for the new term. And why not? The environments we live and work in can have a huge impact on our engagement and wellbeing. Read on for 6 tips to make your space communication friendly.

Do you have a child with Auditory Processing Disorder in your class?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a diagnosis that has gained a large amount of interest over the last 5 years. In this blog we will discuss demystify APD, help you spot a child in your class that may be at risk and give you some ideas and strategies to help you support children with APD.
Oracy in Maths

Incorporating Oracy in Primary Maths

This blog looks at how to engage pupils in dialogic teaching in Key Stage 2 Maths. We will discuss different levels of questions and specifically Blank’s model of language use. This will encourage the person who is asking questions to simplify and restructure their language; to a level at which the child can understand.

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