11 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
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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

    How is Ofsted supporting & evaluating SEND provision during the pandemic?

    How is Ofsted supporting & evaluating SEND provision during the pandemic?

    On this episode of SNJ in Conversation, Tania Tirraoro & Matt Keer chat to Nick Whittaker, Ofsted HM Inspector and its specialist SEND Adviser, about how Ofsted is supporting & evaluating SEND provision during the coronavirus pandemic. 

    You can also watch this episode as a video on YouTube. 

    Find the blog post for the article on the SNJ website.

    Nick will be doing more of these chats in the coming months. Tell us what you want to know

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Teaching Assistant What's their role & how can schools use them effectively?

    The Teaching Assistant What's their role & how can schools use them effectively?

    The teaching assistant is vital to enable many children with SEND to be in mainstream schools. But often teachers have had no training in using them to the best effect, and with no minimum standards, quality training for TAs can be hard to find. SNJ's Tania chats with Assistant Professor Rob Webster of UCL's Institute of Education, and Bren Prendergast, specialist teacher and trainer, about research into TAs and what needs to happen to improve training

    Don't forget to take the SNJ SEND Autumn Survey about your child's provision, whether they're in school and 



    Theme tune by Luca Tirraoro

    • 42 min
    SEND LAW AND EOTAS - PART 2: What's happening with SEND Law right now? And why you mustn't confuse EOTAS with home education.

    SEND LAW AND EOTAS - PART 2: What's happening with SEND Law right now? And why you mustn't confuse EOTAS with home education.

    Part Two SNJ in Conversation: SEND law now and EOTAS. Specialist SEN lawyers Hayley Mason and Nicole Lee talking to Tania Tirraoro about what parents should be expecting from their child's school for their support right now. And why Education Other Than at School or EOTAS shouldn't be confused with Home Education.  

    Help us to help you by please taking our Autumn SEND Education survey to find out if your child has the provision they should: http://bit.ly/autumn-send



    SNJ in Conversation theme tune: Luca Tirraoro

    • 36 min
    SNJ in Conversation: SEND law now and EOTAS

    SNJ in Conversation: SEND law now and EOTAS

    SNJ in Conversation: SEND law now and EOTAS, with specialist lawyers Hayley Mason and Nicole Lee talking to Tania Tirraoro. 

    What's happening with SEND Law right now? And why if you're thinking of educating your disabled child yourself, you mustn't confuse Education Other than at School (EOTAS) with Home Education. This is part one of a two-part episode.

    Please help us to advocate for your family by taking our autumn SEND survey to find out how much of their stated provision your child is currently receiving: http://bit.ly/autumn-send

    Find the post for this episode here on Special Needs Jungle

    Theme Music by Luca Tirraoro .

    • 32 min
    SNJ In Conversation: SEND training for SENCOs and school leaders with Anne Heavey and Hannah Moloney

    SNJ In Conversation: SEND training for SENCOs and school leaders with Anne Heavey and Hannah Moloney

    On this episode of SNJ In Conversation, Tania Tirraoro chats to Anne Heavey, Director of Whole School SEND, and Hannah Moloney, expert SENCO and Dyslexia specialist, who've all created a resource for school leaders to improve their SEND knowledge. The discussion includes a brief history of SEND and why training in the UK is so far behind that in some other countries. Find the article that goes along with this video at https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/snj-in-conversation/

    • 39 min
    SNJ In Conversation: The online Oak Academy and how it's developing its SEND offer

    SNJ In Conversation: The online Oak Academy and how it's developing its SEND offer

    Tania and Renata chat to Anne Heavey, specialist curriculum lead for the online Oak Academy resource bank, developed to support children during lockdown and now backed by the Department for Education. Anne is also the director of Whole School SEND and is working to make sure Oak has more to offer to children and young people with SEND for the year ahead. 

    Find the web post for the episode at https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/snj-in-conversation/

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 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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