Transition Planning by Train

Colin and Louis Newton carried out person centred planning with 10 year old with complex needs about to make secondary transfer from inclusive primary school. Big concerns he would not stay in the room for the full 2 hour PATH – but he did!

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Ideas and dreams are the foundation for success and fulfilment By Chris Wright

Guest post

Apologies first of all but this post is all about me! As a full-time wheelchair user with cerebral palsy it is essential that I manage the effects of my disability effectively. I realise that I have been extremely fortunate to receive considerable support from a very large group of people; Family, friends, contacts etc. who have enabled me to achieve quite a lot so far including two degrees and the foundation of a consultancy business.

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Inclusive career management By Chris Wright

Guest Post

Thinking ahead is the name of the game here! The practical reality is that a successful, career minded individuals who have to manage additional considerations, always need to think two or three steps ahead of everyone else. They often do in fact.

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What to do about challenging behaviour in Secondary schools?

The UK exclusion figures are now even worse than ever  (School exclusion rates in London double the national average, 12 January 2019). The most recent figures from the DfE reveal that 7,720 young people were permanently excluded from schools in 2016-17. Of these, more than half, were in year 9 or above. Children eligible for free school meals were more than four times more likely to be excluded than those not eligible, children with special educational needs more than six times more likely than those not, and there were disproportionate numbers from certain ethnic heritages among those excluded.

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Inclusion is not up for debate

As Marsha Forest said many times ‘ Inclusion is not up for debate’
And that’s true in the sense no headteacher ever stood up and said to a parents’ evening ‘We’re not an inclusive school and relationships don’t matter to us here” No politician ever based their manifesto on the position that they were for the few and not the many (whatever their private thoughts!)
So there an important sense in which we don’t need to defend inclusion – instead make them defend segregation – it’s a hard hat to wear…
If segregation were a drug/medication it would have been withdrawn form the market many years ago.
The evidence in favour of inclusive education as a predictor of better later life outcomes for disabled people is overwhelming and has been available for decades. So we still get very impatient when professionals say they are guided by ‘evidence based practice’ – well not in this arena it seems…
 Read more on the research.

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The Compass of Vulnerability

We all know times of vulnerability, however we defend ourselves from these feelings with our thoughts and behaviour. Some of us try to be hard or tough with all around them, others hurt ourselves with words or actions. Vulnerability is not always obvious and certainly hard to navigate around someone you really care about. Errors in thinking in face of such vulnerability can easily occur as a direct result of painful, traumatic experiences especially those experienced in the early years of life. Building on the ideas of Karen Treisman we have created a compass to help with navigating this complex terrain.

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