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Taking measures to avoid permanent exclusion

When the behaviour challenges presented by a pupil spiral so far out of control, there is only one solution – isn’t there? Daniel Sobel discusses how we can avoid turning to the last resort

Vulnerable pupils: Parent-school meetings

In Headteacher Update this year, Daniel Sobel will be tackling common problems and questions when it comes to supporting vulnerable pupils in school. In his first article, he looks at the challenges ...

Interventions: Pre and over-learning

The one teaching intervention that could most benefit a range of pupils, including EAL and SEN, is – according to Daniel Sobel – the use of pre-learning and over-learning. He discusses these ...

Inattentive ADHD

The hyperactive version of ADHD is well-known and often spotted, but students with inattentive ADHD frequently go undiagnosed, as Daniel Sobel knows from his own experience

Supporting your challenging students

Daniel Sobel reflects on the challenges often presented by our more difficult students, and how as a whole-school team we might be able to overcome these problems before it is too late

Conducting a teaching assistant audit

Are your school’s teaching assistants effective? Or perhaps we should ask: do you train, deploy and manage them effectively. Daniel Sobel says that poor use of TAs can harm student outcomes. He ...

Looked-after children and Attachment Theory

Looked-after children continue to struggle in our education system. Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel looks at why this is, including a focus on Attachment Theory and how we might reduce the high number ...

Challenging schools: Five recurring themes

Every school is different and must tackle its challenges in a way to suit its own circumstances. However, Daniel Sobel has seen some generally recurring themes in schools that could be classed as ...

The attainment gap in EYFS

It is well known at the attainment gap starts to develop long before children arrive at school. But what can we do in the EYFS to tackle the problem early on? Daniel Sobel offers his reflections

Recruiting the perfect SENCO for your school

Schools are finding it hard to recruit successful SENCOs. Daniel Sobel believes this is down to the changing requirements of this broad and vital position. He looks at the modern SENCO role and ...

Achieving effective differentiation

Differentiation is accepted as part of teaching, but do we really offer true differentiation to all students, including those with SEN? Daniel Sobel says that too often we don’t. He looks here at a ...

Tackling hunger and engaging parents

The raft of challenges facing Richmond Hill School made narrowing the gap seem like an outrageous challenge. However, by tackling the barriers that prevent pupils from being ready to learn, among ...

Assessment: Life after levels for SEN pupils

A recent day of discussions between school leaders from across England focused on the impact that the move to assessment without levels might have on vulnerable pupils, especially those with SEN. ...

Strategies to bridge the attainment gap

Is it possible to halve the attainment gap in just six months? Drawing upon his work with one school, inclusion expert Daniel Sobel offers five lessons for effective whole-school Pupil Premium ...

FAQs: SEND

Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel writes regularly for Headteacher Update on issues of SEND best practice. Here he tackles some FAQs

An SEND self-audit framework

How effective is your school’s overall SEND provision? Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel urges you not to wait for problems to develop, but to self-audit your SEND using the following framework

The challenges of ADHD

Children who suffer with ADHD face daily challenges during their school life. Daniel Sobel discusses how teachers and teaching assistants can best support these pupils

The CAMHS crisis

Tackling the silent majority of unaddressed CAMHS cases has become a challenge for many schools. Daniel Sobel discusses two particular problems

Creative uses of the Pupil Premium

It’s the question all schools ask, but if there was a provision that would guarantee narrowing the attainment gap then you would have heard of it by now. There isn’t. However, Daniel Sobel discusses ...

Justifying your Pupil Premium spending

It is essential that schools are able to justify their decisions over how to spend the Pupil Premium when inspectors come calling. Daniel Sobel offers some simple, yet effective approaches

Demonstrating Pupil Premium impact

Inclusion and Pupil Premium expert Daniel Sobel offers some incredibly simple – yet effective – steps to help you think about and demonstrate the impact that your Pupil Premium spending is having

The SEND Code of Practice explained

Schools are still getting to grips with the implications of the SEN reforms and the new SEN and Disability Code of Practice. We asked inclusion expert Daniel Sobel to summarise the key changes

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