A pioneering new research article, on SEN subjects, published in the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities explores the impact of an intervention combining music and technology on children with a dual diagnosis of autism and intellectual disabilities (ID), and excitingly reports positive outcomes, especially regarding social communication (i.e. behaviour regulation and joint attention). Although there has been much academic research conducted on the benefits of music on children with autism, this is the first study to explore the impact of a technology-mediated music-making intervention on the engagement levels and social communication skills of children with autism and ID at school.
Parental engagement without disruption: how one school app has helped an SEND setting to connect with families...
Parental engagement can be difficult for most schools, but when children arrive and leave in buses and taxis, speaking to parents is even harder. The Kingsdown School, part of the SEN Trust Southend Multi Academy Trust, supports 120 students up to 14 years of age with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD); 95% have a cognitive ability below pre-reception age.
In the time since education technology was first introduced into schools much has changed in the way we view it. Whereas once the attention was on devices - the number of laptops or availability of smart-boards in the classroom - today, priorities have shifted. Teachers are now looking to education technology to enhance teaching and learning, or to change pedagogy - and are seeing its potential particularly in helping students with Special Educational Needs.
The world’s leading education show returned to ExCeL London in January - The Bett show attracted 35,000 people from the worldwide education community. And with a huge range of new secondary education aids on display, plus a number of speaker sessions and workshops dedicated to best practice and innovation in SEN education, it was a must-attend event for all in the world of special educational needs.
More than 700 exhibitors displayed their solutions to the challenges facing the education sector – not least those aimed at enhancing the educational experience of those with SEN.
With the growing teacher shortage it has become more and more difficult for schools to source and retain suitably qualified and experienced SEN Teachers for specific teaching roles within special education.
Key Skills Education is an inner London based education recruitment agency providing teachers and support staff for schools and education centres across London and the Home Counties specifically for long term and permanent positions. We have developed a specialist SEN division which is dedicated to sourcing high-quality SEN Teachers for a range of posts in a variety of schools and education centres across London and surrounding areas.
Young people all over the country will have completed some work experience this summer and for many it will be their first contact with an employer and an invaluable opportunity to discover more about what a particular career is really like, to learn new skills, build contacts and see how it feels to work 9-5.
I’m a huge believer in the benefits work placements provide, not least in demonstrating the ‘soft’ skills necessary to make someone ‘employable’ - such as communication and team-working.