Flawed Performance descriptors for use in Key Stage 1 and 2 – Consultation

Dear Colleagues,

The DfE is currently consulting until 18th December consulting on performance descriptors for use in Key Stage 1 and 2. These are flawed with a gap between those achieving P8 and the new category of being below national standards. It also contains the idea that many thousands of pupils with SEN and disability will be labelled as Being Below National Standard or Working Towards National Standard.

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What will it take to include any child in their local school? Supporting Ordinary Lives…

I was working with ‘Supporting Ordinary Lives‘ Motherwell Glasgow – a few months ago run by an inspirational team – Donna, Ashleigh, Laura and many others. Their approach to working with disabled adults is deceptively simple. What do you want to have a good life? Let us help you figure it out and achieve it! Families purchase this support and SOL deliver whatever and wherever they can you make a ‘good life’ closer to reality!

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Person Centred Planning across Suffolk

Colin has been busy this week co facilitating a range of Person Centred Planning events across Suffolk from Woodbridge, Ipswich , Haverhill and Pakefield. He even had a chance to set up a Circle of Friends. Met some amazing people, heard some painful stories as well  being blown away by connections and relationships made possible! 

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Young men responding to anger, trouble, and hopelessness in urban schools – Angel Yuen

History re-authored:

Young men responding to anger, trouble, and hopelessness in urban schools

By Angel Yuan

Check out this great article on narrative approach being used with challenging young men in towns and cities.

History re-authored: Young men responding to anger, trouble, and hopelessness in urban scool

Stories of trouble, anger and despair have the ability to significantly diminish hope for male youth. However, when young men’s lives are linked together via narrative practices, stories of connection, optimism and social justice can emerge. This paper presents ideas for responding to events involving anger, rage, difficulties and hopelessness for male adolescents in urban schools. Practice-based narrative maps are described in detailed stages, outlining counselling questions to assist in moving towards life preferences. Also documented in this paper is a young man’s story of moving from turmoil to hope while illustrating ways of engaging in both individual and collective narrative practices.

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Quiet Riot

Quiet Riot – A voice that will be heard, a voice to be reckoned with! People who don’t use the spoken word have a great deal to say about communication. People who do use the spoken word have a great deal to learn about communication from people who don’t. Quiet Riot is a group of young adults who don’t use the spoken word. Quiet Riot had their first meeting four years ago.They meet in Manchester but come from around the UK, with members in Holland and Ireland.

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