Richard Ormiston

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Seven steps to Ofsted success for Sencos

If you are a special educational needs co-ordinator, what should you do to prepare for inspection?<p>The goal of education is not to attain an 'outstanding' grade from Ofsted. There are many wonderful systems and practices in our schools which do, and should continue to, achieve great things for our …

Your experiences of dyscalculia

One of my particular areas of interest is dyscalculia, and I was recently asked if I knew how schools were handling this particular special need in …

United Kingdom

How much do parents need to know?

<b>A study by the Dyscalculia Centre of the comments made by parents suggests communication about the special need could be better.</b><p>Just because a parent …

Special Education

Staying in touch with new developments, new thoughts, and new ideas in special needs

One of the most noticeable things about the current government in England is that it doesn’t really seem to have too much interest in special needs. …

Wheelchairs

Improving behaviour and reducing conflict among SEN pupils via peer mediation

As teachers we can spend a lot of time dealing with and resolving issues relating to pupil conflict and behaviour, and peer mediation is a tried and …

Isle of Wight

It’s not just about what happens in the classroom

For a SEN child the government ensures that where inclusion is possible, then inclusion will happen. So if a SEN child is able to attend mainstream …

Education

Research says there is a lack of “specific interventions routinely offered to deaf children”

The government has recently come under criticism for the poor quality of support given to oral deaf children in schools.<p>Researchers at City …

Support for Sencos: what needs to change?

In all honesty, I wouldn't recommend anyone to become a special educational needs co-ordinator (Senco). It's not a job for someone who values their work-life balance.<p>I fell into the role many years ago rather unknowingly, and when I first started I decided to visit a couple of schools to chat with …

When it comes to special educational needs, the government is helping a few but ignoring thousands of others

The legislation on special educational needs working its way through parliament has received broad support and has even been described as landmark legislation. I hope this proves to be the case. But the difficulties of achieving its main goal, which is to bring together health, education and social …

Headteachers left confused over SEN funding rules

Louise Brock was keen for her daughter Ruby, who has Down's syndrome, to go to a mainstream school. But finding somewhere that could offer her the support she needed was difficult.<p>"I had to take her out of one school because she wasn't writing her name, her speech wasn't developing and they [staff] …

Education in 2014: the year of the teaching assistant?

Last year there were not one, but two days celebrating the contribution teaching assistants (TAs) make to classrooms. Even greetings card manufacturers got in on the act.<p>These 330,000 individuals – overwhelmingly women – help keep teachers' stress and workload levels in check, maintain classroom …

Ofsted: we need a new blueprint for how we inspect good schools

Ofsted inspections have made an enormous difference to improving the quality of education in England since 1992; more children now attend a good or outstanding school than at any other time. Over the years, inspection has held up an impartial mirror to schools and governments alike, identifying …

A poor Ofsted report could lead to headteachers being 'disappeared' | Dorothy Lepkowska

Headteachers in challenging schools say they live in fear for their jobs as Kent county council spells out the consequences of a failed Ofsted inspection<p>Is a headteacher's job the best in the world or, these days, is it an endless stream of policy changes against a backdrop of constant fear that …

DfE seeks new sponsors for several E-Act academy schools

The Department for Education is searching for sponsors to take over a string of struggling schools being relinquished by the E-Act academy chain, in the largest forced reorganisation of school management since the end of the grammar school era.<p>Sources within the DfE and E-Act have revealed strong …

Russians are the Most Well Educated: UK Ranked Seventh

UK is ranked seventh on the list of Most Educated Countries in the World, while US is ranked fifth.<p>Russia is the most educated country in the world, …

Don’t reduce class sizes: the OECD’s lessons for education in the UK

So much of the education debate is about how UK schools perform relative to those in other countries – this week Liz Truss reported back from her visit to Shanghai – so when MPs on the Education Select Committee grilled Andreas Schleicher, the Deputy Director of the OECD which ranks education …

Gove is first Tory education secretary to send child to state secondary school

Michael Gove has made history by becoming the first Conservative education secretary to send his offspring to a state secondary school. His daughter Beatrice will take up a place at Grey Coat Hospital school in London later this year.<p>The Gove family is said to be delighted at the news that the …

Dear Mr Gove: let's take a more scientific approach to looking at your education interventions | Michael Rosen

What evidence is there of a 'failed generation'? Precious little, but that doesn't matter to you, says <b>Michael Rosen</b><p>This week I thought we could think about science; I'm not talking about science in the curriculum here, though what I'm talking about would be a good subject to study in schools. It's …

MPs question education department over payments to academy trustees

MPs on Wednesday questioned the way academies can employ trustees, family members and their companies without proper oversight.<p>Chris Wormald, the Department for Education's permanent secretary, said he would re-examine the way in which "related party transactions" within autonomous, state-funded …