Category Archives: Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Do new test arrangements contravene rights of SEND pupils?

Barney Angliss, SEND co-ordinator at Rydens Enterprise School in Surrey, feels they do. He has written to the children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, to say the recommendation goes against the Equality Act and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

http://schoolsweek.co.uk/new-tests-contravene-rights-of-special-needs-pupils/

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Early intervention is key for dyslexia

A research study by the University of California at Davis has shown that children with dyslexia are already falling behind by Grade 1. Therefore early intervention is crucial if these children are to catch up with their peers.

http://www.theaggie.org/2015/11/10/uc-davis-develops-intervention-program-for-dyslexic-children-2/

They are now trialling an intervention programme which is ‘both code and meaning-based’  Reading between the lines, I think what they mean by ‘code based’ is a focus on phonics: helping ‘kids learn how to put sounds together to make words, so they will be able to recognize and read them later on.’  Meaning-based focuses on developing higher-order language and comprehension skills.

I look forward to hearing the results of this study.

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