People we have worked with.....
Back in the autumn of 2014, I had the great pleasure of being invited to see Colin Newton and Claire Darwin deliver a full-day course on person-centred practices, delivered for teachers in Barnsley. Having embraced solution-focused thinking several years previously, and later adopted person-centred approaches, I was curious to see how others approached these concepts and practices. Colin and his associates have taken these ideas to a level that many may have thought not possible.
Colin Newton and Derek Wilson are Co-founders and Directors of Inclusive Solutions. Together they have a combined experience of over 60 years' experience as educational psychologists working across the UK. Previously as Principal and Senior Strategic Educational Psychologists in Nottingham City LEA, they bring a wealth of practical, applied solutions and processes from their work with children and young people with exceptional needs aged between 0-19.
Leadership and Management of SEN
I first met Eleanor at a Primary Partnership Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012. She had already begun working in independent consultancy, having worked for many years as an SEN Advisor for Lancashire County Council, and as a Headteacher prior to that in Salford. Eleanor runs the SENCO Forums and accompanying morning courses in Lancashire and Cumbria, and I have the great pleasure of assisting her with these ever-popular Forums. Eleanor has a vast experience in SEN advice and consultancy and offers a wide range of services.
Our work on Impact and Provision Mapping put us in touch with Malcolm Greenhalgh and, later, Jan Lomas. Incyte International specialises in school and academy improvement services in the UK and abroad providing a wide range of products and consultancy services, including one of the country's leading online academic tracking programs. Our links with Jan Lomas and Malcolm Greenhalgh at Incyte initiated the development of our venue in Hull, and the further development of the Schools' Intelligence provision mapping systems.
In spring 2015, the SEND Forum discussed the ingredients for good impact and provision maps. This led to the need for mapping to make full use of the ICT capabilities available to us to reduce the time taken by SENCOs, Heads and Inclusion Managers in gathering and inputting data, often several times and for several purposes. Schools' Intelligence provided us with possibilities and solutions, responding to the 'Impact! Impact! Impact!' report and producing software that took the pain out of planning provision and interventions, and identifying the impact of that provision on children's progress. Schools attending the Inclusion Forum can receive a discounted price from Schools' Intelligence.
The link to the presentation is here.
Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
Since delivering her presentation on Speech, Language and Communication Needs in the SEND Forum in Autumn 2015, Wendy has become a key point of contact for SLCN for schools in the Inclusion Forum. Wendy Lee Ltd provide direct services, resources and professional development to support children's speech and language skills. Whether a single intervention, spoken language curriculum, speech and language therapy or a whole school strategic approach, these are all designed to support children's language skills, including those with speech, language and communication needs.
Wendy qualified as a speech and language therapist 30 years ago and spent many years working in the NHS with children who had speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). She worked in Early Years settings and schools; mainstream, special and resource provision, where she worked with, and learned from some exceptional teachers and wonderful children and young people. She believes wholeheartedly in collaborative working, to ensure time and resource is spent wisely, using robust approaches to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people.
For the past 10 years, Wendy has worked in the third sector, initially as a professional advisor for I CAN, the children's communication charity and subsequently for The Communication Trust, where she had the role of professional director. In addition, she led on the professional content of a national campaign, developed interventions, such as Talk Boost, a targeted intervention for children with language delay, resources for practitioners and programmes of work, such as the Talk of Town, part of a large Educational Endowment Foundation randomised control trial. She also liaised with funders such as the Department of Education and the Paul Hamlyn foundation. Wendy also led on the What Works? evidence base for SLCN, working closely with academic partners and gaining greater insight into research and its translation into practice.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
The spring of 2015 took delegates through Pamela Levin's theory underlying the Cycle of Development. This was a very successful session, which resonated with many delegates, helping them to understand some of the reasons why children may present with negative or concerning behaviours. Steve Russell's Behaviour Wall helped us immensely to see the progressing stages of this Cycle of Development.
In Autumn 2016, we welcome Viv Trask-Hall from the Thrive Approach to explain how they use this same underlying theory for whole staff development and training. Thrive helps adults prepare children and young people for life's emotional ups and downs.
The Approach teaches you how to be, and what to do, with children's differing and sometimes challenging behaviour. As a result, children become more self-assured and ready to engage with life and learning.
Based on neuroscience and attachment research, THRIVE training provides a targeted intervention. All practice is underpinned by Thrive-Online, an assessment tool and extensive action planning resource that charts progress and measures outcomes.
Thrive provides training for professionals who work closely with children and young people from birth to adulthood, and it fully involves parents in the process as well.
Cognition and Learning
'Colin Lane has for many years been refining his theory that hearing one's own voice is a psychological key to much language comprehension and performance, that the cause of some children's difficulty in learning to read and spell is having an indistinct or unattended 'self-voice', and that being able to record and play back their own voices can help some children make good progress. His system uses laptop computers with headphones to provide examples and exercises, and monitor children's progress through his many-layered program.' (http://www.interventionsforliteracy.org.uk/home/interventions/list-view/a-r-r-o-w-auralreadrecordoralwrite/)
I had the great pleasure of meeting with Dr. Lane to find out much more about his work and research, which I was able to present to the SEND Forum during summer 2016, along with the research studies into its effectiveness and impact. A.R.R.O.W. has repeatedly demonstrated remarkable impact on pupil progress in literacy and language.
Orthoptic Specific Learning Difficulties Clinic
Warrington Orthoptic department run a specialised clinic for children in main stream schools with specific learning difficulties. Children are referred into this clinic if they are struggling with reading, writing or if they are falling behind their expected levels at school. During the assessment, we look for any visual problems that may be contributing to any learning difficulties children may have.
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