Raising awareness

Awareness and understanding

For many countries in the northern hemisphere, the new academic year begins around the start of September. Children return to school, excited to see their friends. Teachers are looking forward to getting to know their students, finding out what motivates each one, and seeing the excitement of learning. For some parents it can be a… Continue reading Awareness and understanding

Shows and conferences

TES SEN Show 2017

My report on the TES SEN Show 2017

Executive Function · Language and literacy skills · Raising awareness

Supporting visual strengths and needs

For certain students, traditional teaching methods are not always sufficient, and sometimes not appropriate, no matter how sensitively planned and delivered. This may be for many reasons, including physiological, developmental and neurological differences. Some students, including many with with ADHD, autism and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, have what is known as a 'spiky'… Continue reading Supporting visual strengths and needs

Language and literacy skills

5 points of view

It occurred to me that if you are already here, you might appreciate someone else's perspective on literacy development and difficulties, so I've done a little round up of blogs you might like to check out: Old House in the Shires: How can I help my child learn to read? By a mum and teacher… Continue reading 5 points of view

Early Years

Why does he do that?

via Daily Prompt: Sympathy Sometimes, a parent will quietly ask their child's class teacher or another parent if what they see in their child is 'normal'. Other times, a teacher might ask their student's previous teacher whether a particular conduct or difficulty is typical for that chid, or they might seek the advice of a… Continue reading Why does he do that?

Language and literacy skills

Reading Comprehension and Dyslexia/SpLDs

How dyslexia can affect reading comprehension and some strategies and ideas to support skills development

Language and literacy skills

Reading development

Support ideas from first signs of decoding, through phonics to reading whole books.

Executive Function · Language and literacy skills · Raising awareness

5 ideas for an inclusive classroom

An infographic of strategies to make classrooms more supportive of all students

Language and literacy skills

Early reading difficulties

Continuing the theme of recent blogs on literacy acquisition, here we focus on symbol-sound (grapheme-phoneme) correspondence and early reading. Often, children's first realisation that symbols have meaning will be when they begin to recognise familiar shop signs. They may not be able to read, but they make associations with frequently seen logos. You know the… Continue reading Early reading difficulties

Language and literacy skills

Even more skills for writing

Supporting spelling through an understanding of morphology

Language and literacy skills

More skills for writing

Orthography is just one of the skills students employ when learning to spell and write.

Early Years · Language and literacy skills

Early skills for writing

Phonological knowledge is one of the skills needed for writing and spelling in English.

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Skills for school

Fine Motor Support for Writing

A few resources and strategies I have found helpful when supporting developing pencil control for writing

Language and literacy skills · Special Education

Writing development in pre- and early teens

An overview of the final stages of writing development.

Executive Function

Supporting EF with displays and visual prompts

Posters and visual timetables can be very useful both in the classroom and at home, particularly for students with learning differences. The key is to teach learners how to use them.

Executive Function · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Executive function, mathematics and problem-solving

Executive function deficits can impact on mastery of mathematical skills. Read about how this can be supported here:

Executive Function


Homework is an acknowledged area of challenge for students with learning difficulties, not least because of the demands on executive function.

Executive Function

It will get easier

Some things are automatic from the get-go, others gradually develop automaticity.

Executive Function · Skills for school

Classroom Survival

Ideas for parents to share with teachers, and for teachers to test for themselves.

Executive Function

Executive Function 

An introduction to executive functions - what they are and how they affect learning.