Visual Thinking 101_24 A new SEN policy, but…..

So the government in the UK has finally published a log-awaited SEN policy: Transformational reform begins for children and young people with SEND.

It talks of millions being spent on more SEND schools, to cope with the large numbers of pupils, but no mention of checking why so many children are being diagnosed and the extraordinary queues for assessment.

I have taught very able, creative and imaginative children how to visualise words and improve literacy and numeracy, for more than 2 decades. I am at a loss to understand why there is no mention of updating the national curriculum to service these highly creative children, who end up in SEND. This would greatly reduce the number of SEND students. So all these ideas are not addressing the underlying problem, known as the Elephant in the Classroom.

The good news is that they plan to recruit 5,000 early years special educational needs coordinators, but what about recruiting 5000 early years coaches who could help children scaffold their learning onto there exceptional mental imagery. Dyslexia is the easy place to start and then move onto ADHD challenges.

I should be delighted to receive your views.

We have on-line live coaching available to anyone who wants to learn more about supporting highly visual, creative children and adults.

My name is Olive Hickmott, I am a health and learning coach, specialising in working with neurodivergent students. I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me
Here you will find my learning platform for some of my training programmes and free live webinars
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My latest books are:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of Mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties

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About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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