Hi, I tutor individuals or small groups with SEN in west Wales. I tutor in ASDAN, WJEC and other vocational accredited courses or short specialist ones.
Operating as usual
‘Never apologise for being you’: disabled celebrities’ letters to their teenage selves Don’t buy the pink wheelchair – but do eat your greens (and some pizza too). Disabled comedians, musicians, athletes, writers and mathematicians on what they wish they’d known growing up
This is wonderful. Haircuts can be traumatic for people with SEN. not just children either. Just the word cut can be terrifying. We need more like this lady ❤️
I can't recommend this course enough. I personally find PDA much more challenging than ASD as do many of my colleagues. If you can do this course, do. X
Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) - Autism Learns Our next online learning series will explore Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) – a profile on the autism spectrum characterised by an extreme avoidance of everyday demands and expectations. Those with a PDA profile can appear to have better social skills than other autistic people, and often use...
📣 Virtual drop-in sessions for parents/carers of pupils with special educational needs 👇
I've only been asked ONCE in all my years of tutoring for copies of my DBS check and qualifications. I have them in a portfolio and always say straight away that parents can see them any time they like or have copies. So many teachers are flooding into the tutor market and our SEN students are much more vulnerable than most for lots of reasons. Please ask for proof that any tutor you use is A:qualified in the relevant field and B:has a current DBS check and C:has not had a Misconduct Hearing. The latter are made public on the Government website. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/teacher-misconduct#hearings
bbc.co.uk There has been an increase in private tuition during the pandemic but concerns remain about the checks in place.
[01/30/21] Can I ask what software you homeschoolers are using please for your online lessons? Do you use Google Classrooms, Jamboard or any of the others available out there?
What an opportunity for all your artists out there! 😍
Calling all magic-makers! Draw your own Magical Treehouse and share with #CreateWithCress, and you could win THIS signed drawing of Toothless.
Closing date 2nd February. For details and inspiration, take a look at this video from Cressida herself: https://fal.cn/3cPFQ
Warm and fuzzy! I love how the mum compared the judgement of her son to that of a pit bull. Insightful. My 2 labradors used to come into my SEN school and work with the students. There is this natural bond which occurs and brings out the best in everybody. Charlie was the best reading dog, so patient. Paddy made my students braver. Dogs and kids, perfect! ❤️
Rescue pittie helps her brother start talking ❤️️
These look great!
💙 CALLING ALL TEACHERS & HOME EDUCATING PARENTS 💙
Every Friday for the next 7 weeks we'll be delivering FREE live lessons from our Aquarium via YouTube!
Each week there will be two sessions;
🦈🔬 The first 'Deep Science' (1:00pm to 1:20pm) will see our schools team using aquarium exhibits and our AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series ‘The Deep’ (CBBC @12pm on weekdays during lockdown). Expect fascinating facts and real time experiments, as well as ideas to follow up with at home!
🧜♀️📖 The second will be ‘Mermaid Tales’, which will air from 1:30 – 1:45pm and will involve a short story narrated by our resident mermaid, Marina - perfect timing before an afternoon nap, or as a gentle, relaxing start to the afternoon.
For more information head here: http://bit.ly/AquariumLessons
[01/05/21] Well, it's a very confusing time to be involved in education right now. I have had several meetings within the last few days which have helped clear some things up regarding school attendance, online learning, vulnerable children etc. If you have a query please feel free to PM me or email on [email protected]
A touching and funny film about the gifts that being different can bring. I may show this to some of my students. ❤️
imdb.com Directed by Peter Hedges. With Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Odeya Rush. A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.
This is a really useful thing to watch. Lots of great tips with helping people with ADHD cope with working from home. The tips are great for all of us to be honest. Most of my students are autistic so for them home is home and school is school and never the twain shall meet. However there are things you can do to help your child successfully work online to the best of their ability. Little changes such as headphones can work wonders. Give it a watch and let me know what you think.
Join Dr. David Anderson for tips on creating a distraction free work environment, how to keep kids on track & minimize distraction, and more.
Sadly this has always been the case. We are now much more aware of conditions and needs now but we need robust assessment systems and highly qualified, trained and respected staff, not underpaid undervalued Teaching Assistants who would be paid more at Tesco
bbc.co.uk Thousands of children with special educational needs get offers of help only after they are excluded.
Parliament are offering free online workshops to home educators and can cater for different needs apparently. May be worth a look!
learning.parliament.uk Visit us for our specially curated Home Education Days, packed full of fun activities to learn about voting, laws and campaigning.
Consultation you may be interested in
This is brilliant! I remember years ago one of the parents of a student of mine made him a superman casing for his wheelchair, was the best thing ever!
insidethemagic.net Disney has launched its first ever line of adaptive Halloween costumes and wheelchair covers. Check out the full collection inside!
This is incredible. Controlling a boat with her breath! Stunning technology and ambition!
bbc.com Natasha Lambert is preparing to sail across the Atlantic in a specially-adapted boat.
This looks good, very cheap too!
Lancashire Break Time
Throughout August, Lancashire Outdoor Centres are offering activity sessions for children and young people with SEND, from age 6 up to 18!
A 3 hour session at Hothersall Lodge costs just £3 per child, or a 4 hour session at Tower Wood is £4!
Activities vary each day and can include kayaks, zip wire, cycling, sailing and more.
For full details and to book a place, call 01772 538077.
Free resources on how to get used to mask wearing, distancing etc
Looks like great news initially but I wonder how many of the 35 schools will be built within the 2 year time frame, especially considering how many hospitals were promised which were since shelved. New schools are needed so very badly, I hope my cynicism is misplaced
bbc.com The 35 free schools will offer tailored support for pupils with complex needs, the government says.
Oh my goodness. This is the best news ever.. Such a long time coming but so wonderful. I wonder how many of you have struggled without facilities such as these.
bbc.com Campaigners say rules for Changing Places toilets in new buildings are "nothing short of life changing".
Free workshops including money and disability benefits etc
contact.org.uk Although we can’t meet you face-to-face at the moment, we don’t want you to miss out on the support you might need from us during this challenging time. That’s why we’re now running our programme of popular, free parent workshops virtually!
Wow. This is an incredible gesture. Please share with your home - educators.
GLOBAL LOCKDOWN!🔒🌎 We've been separated from loved ones, had holidays cancelled, exams cancelled... EVEN LOO ROLL SHORTAGES!🧻
But we're finally getting back to some kind of normal... A 'new normal' and here at Tutors and Exams, we've been working tirelessly to help everyone affected by the cancellation of summer examinations!✏️❌
But it isn't enough and we want to go that little bit further. We recognise that many people are still facing significant challenges as we come out of a nationwide lockdown.
Therefore, we are delighted to announce that we will be freezing ALL of our examination entry fees for 2020/2021!❄️
A small measure, but one we hope will make things that little bit easier for anyone wishing to sit exams with us next year!
From your team at Tutors and Exams❤️
Let ofqual what you think of their proposed changes. Changes are in the link.
Ofqual are proposing some changes to the way they will regulate GCSEs, AS and A Levels in Summer 2021, as well as arrangements for non-examined assessment.
They are inviting all stakeholders (Exam Boards, Centres, candidates, parents etc) to contribute to the consultation paper they have issued.
💥𝗪𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱!💥
To ensure that it is send your response (opinions, suggestions and concerns) directly to us and we will collate and feedback on your behalf via the consultation!🎙
Please read the information in the link below and send your feedback directly to us, by no later than Tuesday 14th July on our contact us form!⬇️
This is the BEST theatre experience for people with Autism I have ever seen. You can play along at home with their interactive videos all based on Shakespeare but with a very sensory approach. There is a focus on spinning, rocking, listening and responding to your name, reaching and facial movements etc. You can donate or use for free if you are struggling. PLEASE let me know if you check this out online. It truly looks awesome
Here are 4 free videos on challenging behaviour. The company have provided these free of charge for anybody to view.
challengingbehaviour.org.uk Videos including: Introduction to Challenging Behaviour, Self-Injurious Behaviour, Challenging Behaviour and Support Changing.
Love this story. A nice slant on social media for a change
Kendra & Maliyah were born as conjoined twins, and were fused together at the torso. They now live with one leg each, afer life-saving surgery to seperate them ✨
Free breakdown recovery for NHS staff from Green Flag!!
blog.greenflag.com To support the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re providing free breakdown assistance to any NHS employees that need our help.
Check to see if you are eligible for a grant. They are focusing on giving families a "break" in the non traditional way i.e providing play equipment etc.
familyfund.org.uk We are very pleased to confirm that we are able to provide grants in Wales again following the confirmation of new funding from Welsh Government.
This looks good for your lovelies. Free and no ads
This is fabulous! The Welsh government are actively asking for the opinions of 7 to 18 year olds in Wales to guide their responses to Covid and beyond. The best bit though is that the survey is available in SYMBOL and PICTURE ACTIVITY form. This is the first that I know of that people with SEN have been included in government decisions in this way. (please correct me if I am wrong, I would love to be!)
I cannot wait to share this with my students and tutees! 😍
tivysideadvertiser.co.uk YOUNG people across the Tivyside region are being urged to take part in an online survey asking Wales’ children for their views and opinions…
This is wonderful! RNIB free books, please share
wales247.co.uk The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched a new online library offering people with sight loss instant access to thousands of free books in formats they can read. The new platform already has more than 26,000 titles making it the UK’s largest online library of Talking Books ...
A free ebook you can read now about worrying. Please share
home.oxfordowl.co.uk Even the bravest of the brave and the coolest of the cool worry. Worrying is normal when so much has changed. Read Jon Burgerman's free picture book.
[17/04, 21:29] Ann: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ann-jackson8
[17/04, 21:30] Ann:
Charities are West Wales Domestic Abuse Service (7) and Ty Hafan a children's end of life Hospice (8).
West Wales Domestic Abuse Service Ty Hafan
I haven't posted about this before on this page but heck, these charities need all the money they can get right now. Also, its PAYDAY! I'm shaving my head this afternoon for the above 2 charities, I will post the video in glorious technicolour. PLEASE PLEASE sponsor me if you haven't already, even if you can give £1, gift aid it and it becomes £1.25!
It's not about my hair, it's about helping families cope work the death of their children and people being stuck in awful abusive situations. Do what you can please, and share xx
justgiving.com Help Ann Jackson raise money to support Tŷ Hafan