Special Needs Jungle, In Conversation
By Special Needs Jungle
Theme credit: Luca Tirraoro
Special Needs Jungle, In ConversationSep 27, 2023
SNJ in Conversation with Dame Christine Lenehan
SNJ's Tania and Renata chat to newly-retired Director of the Council for Disabled Children about her career, her biggest achievements and who her favourite SEND minister has been...
Find the webpage for the episode, including pictures from Dame Christine's Valedictory address to the SEND sector, here
What are Labour ‘s plans for SEND? We speak to Helen Hayes MP
While few except the DfE think the Government's SEND Improvement Plan is going to fix special educational needs provision in England, Tania & Renata ask Labour's spokesperson on SEND, Helen Hayes MP, for her views on the issue. Find the podcast webpage here: https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/snj-in-conversation-labour-send-spokesperson-helen-hayes-mp-fixing-send/
SNJ in Conversation with Carrie Grant: Supporting children at the intersection of SEND, Race and Gender Identity
Vocal coach and celebrity, Carrie Grant MBE is well known for having a diverse family. Along with her husband, singer, David Grant, she has four neurodivergent, mixed race children, several of whom also identify as transgender. Two are also up and coming actors, including in the series, Hollyoaks. In an interesting and entertaining episode of SNJ in Conversation, Carrie discusses these intersections with Tania Tirraoro and Renata Blower, and the difficulties they have encountered along the way.
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SNJ in Conversation with public lawyer, Steve Broach: SEND Law in 2023
In the first SNJ in Conversation podcast of the year, Renata and Tania put your questions to public lawyer Steve Broach about SEND law in 2023. Your questions answered about EHCPs, Annual Reviews, what, if anything, has changed, group challenges via Judicial Review and much more! Listen to the show and find the show webpage here: https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/snj-in-conversation-send-law-in-2023-public-law-barrister-steve-broach-answers-your-questions/
SNJ in Conversation with Will Quince MP, Children & Families Minister
SNJ's Renata Blower and Tania Tirraoro discuss aspects of the SEND Review Green Paper with Minister for Children & Families, Will Quince MP.
We covered a range of issues, including plans for mandatory mediation, ringfencing schools' SEND budgets, teacher training for SEND and much more over 45 minutes of in-depth conversation.
If you want to know more about the Green Paper, check out our dedicated page here
Growing Up Disabled, with Siena Castellon and George Fielding
On this episode of SNJ in Conversation, young disability campaigners, Siena Castellon and George Fielding talk to Special Needs Jungle's Renata Blower, discussing their lives, their achievements, what it was like growing up with a disability and the challenges that has presented. They offer advice for other young people - and their parents. Find the main post for this podcast on the SNJ website https://wp.me/p3S8eh-7y4
How is Ofsted supporting & evaluating SEND provision during the pandemic?
On this episode of SNJ in Conversation, Tania Tirraoro & Matt Keer chat to Nick Whittaker, Ofsted HM Inspector and its specialist SEND Adviser, about how Ofsted is supporting & evaluating SEND provision during the coronavirus pandemic.
You can also watch this episode as a video on YouTube.
Find the blog post for the article on the SNJ website.
Nick will be doing more of these chats in the coming months. Tell us what you want to know
The Teaching Assistant What's their role & how can schools use them effectively?
The teaching assistant is vital to enable many children with SEND to be in mainstream schools. But often teachers have had no training in using them to the best effect, and with no minimum standards, quality training for TAs can be hard to find. SNJ's Tania chats with Assistant Professor Rob Webster of UCL's Institute of Education, and Bren Prendergast, specialist teacher and trainer, about research into TAs and what needs to happen to improve training
Don't forget to take the SNJ SEND Autumn Survey about your child's provision, whether they're in school and
Theme tune by Luca Tirraoro
SEND LAW AND EOTAS - PART 2: What's happening with SEND Law right now? And why you mustn't confuse EOTAS with home education.
Part Two SNJ in Conversation: SEND law now and EOTAS. Specialist SEN lawyers Hayley Mason and Nicole Lee talking to Tania Tirraoro about what parents should be expecting from their child's school for their support right now. And why Education Other Than at School or EOTAS shouldn't be confused with Home Education.
Help us to help you by please taking our Autumn SEND Education survey to find out if your child has the provision they should: http://bit.ly/autumn-send
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SNJ in Conversation: SEND law now and EOTAS
SNJ in Conversation: SEND law now and EOTAS, with specialist lawyers Hayley Mason and Nicole Lee talking to Tania Tirraoro.
What's happening with SEND Law right now? And why if you're thinking of educating your disabled child yourself, you mustn't confuse Education Other than at School (EOTAS) with Home Education. This is part one of a two-part episode.
Please help us to advocate for your family by taking our autumn SEND survey to find out how much of their stated provision your child is currently receiving: http://bit.ly/autumn-send
Find the post for this episode here on Special Needs Jungle
Theme Music by Luca Tirraoro .
SNJ In Conversation: SEND training for SENCOs and school leaders with Anne Heavey and Hannah Moloney
On this episode of SNJ In Conversation, Tania Tirraoro chats to Anne Heavey, Director of Whole School SEND, and Hannah Moloney, expert SENCO and Dyslexia specialist, who've all created a resource for school leaders to improve their SEND knowledge. The discussion includes a brief history of SEND and why training in the UK is so far behind that in some other countries. Find the article that goes along with this video at https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/snj-in-conversation/
SNJ In Conversation: The online Oak Academy and how it's developing its SEND offer
Tania and Renata chat to Anne Heavey, specialist curriculum lead for the online Oak Academy resource bank, developed to support children during lockdown and now backed by the Department for Education. Anne is also the director of Whole School SEND and is working to make sure Oak has more to offer to children and young people with SEND for the year ahead.
Find the web post for the episode at https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/snj-in-conversation/
SNJ In Conversation: Race, discrimination, exclusion and intersectionality in SEND
SNJ's Renata Blower talks to our assistant editor, and former headteacher, Marguerite Haye, and to Venessa Bobb, SEND parent and advocate about their experiences as black women and parents of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The discussion ranges from disproportionality of black children and exclusion, intersectionality in SEND and how to change things for the better.
SNJ In Conversation with Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children
Tania and Renata from SNJ chat with Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children about children's social care, what the pandemic has revealed, and what needs to change.
You can find the original post for this episode here on Special Needs Jungle
The CDC describes itself as, "the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers." In other words, it's the lynchpin of the SEND sector and is, in turn, part of the National Children's Bureau. Special Needs Jungle is also a member of the CDC.
Christine has been involved with supporting disabled children for 40 years, including authoring a number of Government reviews. So, if there is someone who knows everything there is to know about the history of SEND, it is Christine. Renata and I caught up with her via Zoom, for a wide-ranging discussion covering children's social care, the SEND reforms, what's gone wrong and what the CDC is doing to try to fix things.
How can disabled children's education still be protected during Coronavirus?
Public Law Barrister, Steve Broach, chats with Renata Blower and Tania Tirraoro of Special Needs Jungle about the Coronavirus Act legislative changes to SEND law and what families of children with special educational needs and disabilities remain entitled to to help support them whether they are back in school or still trying to learn online at home
SNJ In Conversation: Awesome and Autistic in a post-pandemic world
Teenage autistic author and neurodiversity advocate, Siena Castellon chats with Tania and Renata from Special Needs Jungle about her new book The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic, life in lockdown and how she's working out a new future post-pandemic.
Order Siena's book from her website: https://www.sienacastellon.com
Find the SNJ post with more information about how you can win a copy in our giveaway here: https://wp.me/p3S8eh-6tX
Coronavirus and children's
issues explored &
top tips to help
SNJ's Renata Blower & Tania Tirraoro in Conversation with Child & Adolescent Mental Health Counsellor, Angela Kelly. Angela is a parent of two children with autism and a qualified child and adolescent mental health counsellor. She's also Special Needs Jungle's Mental Health Editor.
We discuss at the issues sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown on the mental health of disabled children. Many children are experiencing increased anxiety and uncertainty about the future, while for others, not having to go to school during lockdown has taken away the very thing that caused their anxiety in the first place.
In this enlightening and engaging conversation, Angela, Renata and Tania answer some of the questions sent in by SNJ readers and discuss their own experiences during the crisis.
Find more information about Angela Kelly and this episode on the SNJ website, where you can also sign up for new post alerts.
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