17 episodes

Join Special Needs Jungle's Renata Blower, Tania Tirraoro and team, in conversations about current issues and interesting aspects around special educational needs and disabilities. The team will be chatting with a variety of voices from the world of SEND, explaining, exploring and educating on everything you need to know. The programme is also available in vision on YouTube.
Theme credit: Luca Tirraoro

Special Needs Jungle, In Conversation Special Needs Jungle

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

Join Special Needs Jungle's Renata Blower, Tania Tirraoro and team, in conversations about current issues and interesting aspects around special educational needs and disabilities. The team will be chatting with a variety of voices from the world of SEND, explaining, exploring and educating on everything you need to know. The programme is also available in vision on YouTube.
Theme credit: Luca Tirraoro

    SNJ in Conversation with Dame Christine Lenehan

    SNJ in Conversation with Dame Christine Lenehan

    SNJ's Tania and Renata chat to newly-retired Director of the Council for Disabled Children about her career, her biggest achievements and who her favourite SEND minister has been...

    Find the webpage for the episode, including pictures from Dame Christine's Valedictory address to the SEND sector, here

    • 46 min
    What are Labour ‘s plans for SEND? We speak to Helen Hayes MP

    What are Labour ‘s plans for SEND? We speak to Helen Hayes MP

    While few except the DfE think the Government's SEND Improvement Plan is going to fix special educational needs provision in England, Tania & Renata ask Labour's spokesperson on SEND, Helen Hayes MP, for her views on the issue. Find the podcast webpage here: https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/snj-in-conversation-labour-send-spokesperson-helen-hayes-mp-fixing-send/

    • 47 min
    SNJ in Conversation with Carrie Grant: Supporting children at the intersection of SEND, Race and Gender Identity

    SNJ in Conversation with Carrie Grant: Supporting children at the intersection of SEND, Race and Gender Identity

    Vocal coach and celebrity, Carrie Grant MBE is well known for having a diverse family. Along with her husband, singer, David Grant, she has four neurodivergent, mixed race children, several of whom also identify as transgender. Two are also up and coming actors, including in the series, Hollyoaks. In an interesting and entertaining episode of SNJ in Conversation, Carrie discusses these intersections with Tania Tirraoro and Renata Blower, and the difficulties they have encountered along the way.

    Find the post that accompanies https://wp.me/p3S8eh-8gf

    If this subject is one you want to comment on, remember these are real young people with real feelings so please be respectful.

    • 52 min
    SNJ in Conversation with public lawyer, Steve Broach: SEND Law in 2023

    SNJ in Conversation with public lawyer, Steve Broach: SEND Law in 2023

    In the first SNJ in Conversation podcast of the year, Renata and Tania put your questions to public lawyer Steve Broach about SEND law in 2023. Your questions answered about EHCPs, Annual Reviews, what, if anything, has changed, group challenges via Judicial Review and much more! Listen to the show and find the show webpage here: https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/snj-in-conversation-send-law-in-2023-public-law-barrister-steve-broach-answers-your-questions/

    • 53 min
    SNJ in Conversation with Will Quince MP, Children & Families Minister

    SNJ in Conversation with Will Quince MP, Children & Families Minister

    SNJ's Renata Blower and Tania Tirraoro discuss aspects of the SEND Review Green Paper with Minister for Children & Families, Will Quince MP. 

    We covered a range of issues, including plans for mandatory mediation, ringfencing schools' SEND budgets, teacher training for SEND and much more over 45 minutes of in-depth conversation. 

    If you want to know more about the Green Paper, check out our dedicated page here

    • 43 min
    Growing Up Disabled, with Siena Castellon and George Fielding

    Growing Up Disabled, with Siena Castellon and George Fielding

    On this episode of SNJ in Conversation, young disability campaigners, Siena Castellon and George Fielding talk to Special Needs Jungle's Renata Blower, discussing their lives, their achievements, what it was like growing up with a disability and the challenges that has presented. They offer advice for other young people - and their parents. Find the main post for this podcast on the SNJ website https://wp.me/p3S8eh-7y4

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Lisa_St.Albans ,

Brilliant to have such a helpful resource

The system makes many SEND parents feel like they are the first to ever experience their situation. The Special Needs Jungle team reassure us we are not alone. Having such knowledgeable and empathetic advocates is a lifeline for us. Thoroughly recommend.

patpending74 ,

Great new podcast!

Thanks, that was really thought provoking

Lawrence 049 ,

So helpful

Great to see SNJ branching out to a new platform. Hopefully this means lots more parents of children with SEND will discover how helpful they are.

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