Category Archives: SEND

Assessing School Impact on Vulnerability

Assessing School Impact on Vulnerability
By | June 30, 2020

Not just for the pandemic My career history has been in the charity and community sector delivering approaches to build capacity in communities considered ‘vulnerable’. Vulnerability – and often associated terms such as disadvantage and resilience – have their challenges… Read More »

Every Child Should be Resilient

Every Child Should be Resilient
By | June 5, 2019

Resilience is currently a bit of a toxic word currently. The idea that we need to build young people’s resilience to ‘survive’ some of society’s contemporary challenges has hints of ‘victim’ blaming. Living in poverty – toughen up. Experienced trauma… Read More »

Princely Manhood and Character

Princely Manhood and Character
By | May 30, 2019

Five-minute briefing on Hinds’ character consultation Damien Hinds (Secretary of State for Education) launches a consultation on character education In the consultation character is defined as: believing that you can achieve being able to stick with the task in hand… Read More »

Passport: an entitlement to enrichment

Passport: an entitlement to enrichment
By | November 27, 2018

An entitlement to enrichment and the extra-curricular underpins much of our work. The notion of ‘passports’ as a method of prompting and supporting a broad range of experiences is a familiar approach. London Challenge – held up as one of… Read More »

Flamingo 50 (the results)

Flamingo 50 (the results)
By | June 11, 2018

This list was compiled by attendees at the Cambridgeshire Education Festival 2018. For the background https://everychildshould.uk/flamingo-50/ Attendees were asked about an entitlement of experiences and enrichment activity for every young person. To form a ‘passport’ for every child to adulthood.… Read More »

Has the extra in extracurricular become exclusive?

Has the extra in extracurricular become exclusive?
By | March 20, 2018

Evidence shows that extra curricula activities make a difference for children and young people, but what happens when the extra-curricular is actually addressing gaps in the curriculum. One of the underpinning principles of Every Child Should is that those who need the skills and experiences of extra-curricular and enrichment activities are often those that have least access.

Schools Week: Is the battle for SEND inclusion won?

Schools Week: Is the battle for SEND inclusion won?
By | January 2, 2018

The strength of consortiums in affecting change is a core principle of Every Child Should. As is the belief that all children should be included in all aspects of education. In her recent piece for Schools Week Anita Kerwin-Nye talks about the change affected by Whole School SEND in the battle for inclusion.

Inclusion – someone else’s problem

Inclusion – someone else’s problem
By | November 20, 2017

Someone somewhere is still illegally excluding children. Someone somewhere is – consciously or not – making their school less attractive to learners with SEND so that they go elsewhere. Someone somewhere decides that pupils with SEND are the first to suffer from budget cuts (hurray to the first school that chooses to cut GCSE physics rather than support for SEND learners).