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School Leaders, Teachers

How technology can drive classroom efficiency!

COVID-19 has caused huge disruption for all those in education, including teachers, who according to a report by ImpactEd, have experienced an exponential increase in workload and working hours. Looking towards the end of the school year, it is important that we reflect on the lessons learnt throughout the pandemic so that we can better support teachers and pupils in the future…

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School Leaders, Teachers

The power of multisensory learning!

All learning happens through the senses, which act as pathways to the brain. Multisensory methods utilise all the available senses simultaneously. This can be summed up in the phrase ‘hear it, say it, see it and write it’. A true multisensory lesson will engage students on all these levels, at one time and should be active and interactive. The following blog post provides some tips and ideas to help you engage your pupils with a multisensory approach to learning…

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Parents, School Leaders, Teachers, Technology

The new technology helping children with their reading!

To investigate the impact that COVID has had on children’s learning and literacy, The BBC One Show  sent poet, writer, and musician Benjamin Zephaniah to a primary school in Farnham. Having experienced disruption to his own education, due to moving around a lot as a child, he was able to share his own personal experiences of struggling when it comes to reading…

School Leaders, Teachers

Shifting the reading culture!

Encouraging a love of reading is hugely beneficial for all pupils, including those with SEND. But it requires the space and the time to focus on books! How can schools create and drive a reading culture? Aimee Cave, SENCo and assistant head explains how they are achieving it in their school…

School Leaders, Teachers

Why formal learning should wait!

As schools begin opening their doors again after many weeks of lockdown, it seems natural to focus on returning to familiar routines and getting pupils back up to speed with their learning. But as discussed by Dave Whyley in his recent EdWire Article, Covid-19 has changed the face of education and formal learning needs to wait!

Parents, Teachers

Using music to develop literacy!

Many learners find music a less threatening prospect than conventional language drills. When we wrap language and literacy development tasks in musical activities, more learners enjoy practising, want to do it more often, and get better at it…

Parents, Teachers

Virtual Learning and SEND Support!

Across the world, lockdown measures and physical distancing have severely impacted schooling and, like the rest of the educational world, I have moved my lessons online. As a specialist teacher providing one-to-one support for struggling maths students, this has been a steep learning curve.

Parents, Teachers

Phonics – Back to Basics!

We aspire to encourage all learners to develop a secure phonemic understanding, as this provides the foundations for their reading and learning journey. But, how do you recognise that pupils are developing good phonemic knowledge or identify those with a phonological deficit?

School Leaders, Teachers

Dyscalculia: Definitions and Beyond!

During these difficult times, a lot of us are finding that we have more time than usual to explore new hobbies, research new areas of interest and catch-up on our reading. Here at Lexplore Analytics we are no different, so although we are of course all about reading and literacy, sometimes it’s good to take a break and explore… Numbers!

Teachers, Technology

Making the most of assisstive technology!

In the following blog post, Myles Pilling, an ICT SEN Advisor with over 30 years’ experience, explores a wide range of assistive tools, such as spelling, grid selection and word prediction, which can help learners with additional needs. He also discusses the importance of using assistive technology with mainstream software…

School Leaders, Teachers

What does good SEND provision look like?

As an Accredited Attachment Lead who has been trained by Whole School SEND to review MATs using the MAT Review Guide, current practising SENDCO Aimee Cave explores SEND provision, diagnostics, intervention types and the new Ofsted framework…