Using the new Pre Key Stage Standards | cherrylkd

Last Monday a perfectly lovely lady from the LA came to eat biscuits, drink tea and most importantly moderate our writing standards. While we were initially worried about this event as the Pre Key Stage Standards (PKS) are brand spanking new, we learned so much during that session and we realised we shouldn’t have been fearful at all.

Prior to the moderation  session our Key stage 2 leader and I took the decision that the PKS 2 standard for writing was far too high for our children who are working completely within the P Levels. We decided to level against the PKS 1 standard . Our rationale…

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Lesson Planning and TAs | cherrylkd

As a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) I am allied to the Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance. Being an SLE is a status I thoroughly enjoy as it gives me an opportunity to help train other teachers and senior leaders and sometimes TAs. It also means I have to do my utmost to keep myself up to date with new developments in education in order to be able to share the latest ideas. This week I have been fortunate enough to be working with a group of very knowledgable Teaching Assistants. My remit is to update their skills to Level 3 standard and to ensure that they are the best TA that they…

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#rEDBlackpool My Day at the Research Conference | cherrylkd

I would like to share with you my thoughts on Blackpool’s first #ResearchEd Conference, more of these conferences to come I hope.

My friend Carolyn O’Connor and I arrived promptly by 9 am and were greeted by some incredibly polite and helpful students from St Mary’s Academy. They are a credit to their school and Stephen Tierney as Executive Head and Simon Eccles as head teacher should be very proud of their students.

After signing in we moved down to the hall for refreshments then stopped and chatted to a number of people including in no particular order, Stephen Tierney, Simon Cox, Tom…

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Who knew? | cherrylkd

This quick post is for the special school teachers out there who will totally understand what I’m talking about. Other teachers are of course welcome to read but you might think I’ve gone slightly mad.

This morning I was thinking about Tuesday and the fact that I’m out of school on a course for a good deal of the day. I was mulling over what to do with Doodles, our school dog when our neighbour knocked on the door. Upon entering the house Doodles began leaping around like a 3 month old puppy. As of last week Doodles is 12 months old. This type of behaviour, cute as it is is becoming…

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In defence of weighted items for ADHD | cherrylkd

On January 20th 2018 The guardian published this article about children with ADHD wearing sand filled vests weighing up to 6kg. The article was both alarmist and greatly exaggerated. It then went on to give scant details about the challenges children with ADHD face in the classroom and did not show how they often suffer with their symptoms a a result. I talked extensively about how ADHD/ASC presents for one child in my school here and it isn’t hard to see how her behaviour affects the rest of the class. A suitable solution is needed for all concerned.

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New Year, New Start. | cherrylkd

As we enter 2018 we would like to wish all our friends and followers a very happy, healthy and successful new year. It is with great pleasure that we are proud to have almost reached three years of hosting #SENexchange chats. We have surpassed our expectations in terms of followers and are pleased to notice our follower count growing on a weekly basis. We firmly believe that we are stronger together and that through SENexchange we can be a supportive force for each other.

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New Year, New Start. | cherrylkd

As we enter 2018 we would like to wish all our friends and followers a very happy, healthy and successful new year. It is with great pleasure that we are proud to have almost reached three years of hosting #SENexchange chats. We have surpassed our expectations in terms of followers and are pleased to notice our follower count growing on a weekly basis. We firmly believe that we are stronger together and that through SENexchange we can be a supportive force for each other.

We would like to thank each and every one of you who participates in our chats and helps to make them successful each…

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