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Access arrangements: Avoiding limiting pupils through a normal way of working

Written by: Jayson Cox-Darling
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JAYSON COX-DARLING, LEAD TEACHER FOR SEND, ST REGIS CE ACADEMY, UK Building blocks I am sitting on my living room floor helping my daughter with her homework. It’s phonics, and as I’m a specialist teacher, it is quickly delegated to me to help. I grab the DUPLO® blocks and a whiteboard marker and together we start building sounds and words. Very quickly, she finishes the homework, carefully checking that the ‘d’ is the right way round, something with which she struggles regularly. Homework is hard in my home. We are quite a neurodiverse family: both my daughters struggle with different aspects, but they can hold it together all day at school and then collapse at home. It can be really difficult to do homework when all they really want to do is snuggle up and turn the world off for a bit. I understand this really well; I have ADHD and autism, and I often just want to do the same thing. But we catch the moments, like now, as we sit building words. I think we’ve nailed

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