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Tania Tirraoro
Writer, PR & Social Media Consultant, Founder of SpecialNeedsJungle, Mum to 2 teen boys with Asperger's. Hopeful soul.
Writer, PR & Social Media Consultant, Founder of SpecialNeedsJungle, Mum to 2 teen boys with Asperger's. Hopeful soul.
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Pupils with SEND are up to six times more likely to be permanently excluded from school according to new government figures. The annual exclusions data show that overall exclusions – both permanent and fixed-term – are rising year-on-year in an upward…
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As if we’re not already drowning in enough bad news about how disabled children and their families are bearing the brunt of council and school funding cuts, today there’s fresh misery.  The Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) has revealed there is a UK…
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Money. A chorus of voices are speaking up, telling us there’s not enough of it. Parents, teachers, unions, local authorities, all with different perspectives, but all telling us that we are in the middle of a funding crisis. The process of moving from the…
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The first hearings into the SEND inquiry were held before the Education Select Committee this week. Three esteemed witnesses were gently probed for their views on how the 2014 SEND reforms have played out so far. This post today has two parts – the first…
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Parents of an autistic teenager are going to the Upper Tribunal today to appeal a decision that they say discriminates against children with autism. Thirteen-year-old ‘L’, from Derbyshire, was excluded from school due to behaviour which was linked to his…
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Parent-carers’ confidence in the quality of disabled children’s health and social care services is at an all-time low with almost half saying they knew of plans to cut social care or health services in their area. That’s the result of a new survey out…
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The A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting, by Sarah Naish (JKP Publishing) is one of those books where the title doesn’t do it justice. It’s aimed at the parents and carers of adopted and looked after children, with an assumption that there is an underlying…
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This is the follow up post about the dog’s breakfast EHCPs produced by Oldham. In part one, I outlined what’s wrong with Oldham’s EHCPs, its autism SEND provision and why. In this post, I’m going to show you how I’ve worked on the plan of a young man I’ll…
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I’ve seen a fair few EHC Plans now – those of the pupils at Bright Futures School (BFS), those of children whose parents are seeking a place for them at BFS, and those of children whose parents who seek me out for help, usually via word of mouth through…
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  Many of you will have seen Nadhim Zahawi MP – the current Children and Families Minister, talking on BBC Breakfast a couple of months ago about how the SEND reforms are a ‘huge success’ and claiming that he hasn’t seen an EHC Plan that is not worth the…
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