Evie Prysor-Jones

Evie is content lead SEN and safeguarding. Evie used to work at a youth centre teaching SRE, which is her particular area of interest.

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Evie Prysor-Jones

'I refused to believe I couldn't walk' - how to challenge beliefs and achieve your goals

Paralympian Wendy Smith used her love of sport to fight against existing beliefs and explains how having goals and a passion can give pupils a toolkit for life. The Olympic and Paralympic games remind us all of what it is possible to achieve when you put dedication, positivity and resilience into...
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How to talk to parents about sex education

Sex and relationships education can be a controversial topic for some parents. Stephen De Silva's template letter will help explain your school's PSHE curriculum. Personal, social and health education (PSHE), and sex and relationship education (SRE) in particular, is of increasing importance for...
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Simple strategies to achieve assessment basics

Learn practical strategies to help pupils with SEN get the basics of test vocabulary, spelling and times tables. It's unlikely any pupil enjoys the exam period, but for pupils with SEN, even the ethos surrounding tests can be enough to provoke stress and self-doubt. As Jean Gross points out in her...
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Streamline your SEND paperwork

Paperwork piling up? Our training day with Anita Devi will see SENCOs’ desks decluttered and their minds back on loving their job. When you’re not sure what to do, you make a list. If it’s a bit more complex than that you might make a spreadsheet, or, if not complex at all sometimes a Post-it will...
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Using de-escalation techniques effectively

An increasing number of children do not respond to normal classroom discipline. Elizabeth Smith outlines the key points to remember when faced with a pupil whose behaviour becomes exceptionally challenging. The number of children who are classified under the umbrella term 'social, emotional and...
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Supporting pupils with behaviour issues: classroom strategies for teachers and teaching assistants

There are many misconceptions surrounding the role of teaching assistants in a classroom. Research has shown that effective partnership between teacher and TA can greatly benefit provision. Observe and record It can be useful to conduct classroom observations that focus on a pupil’s behaviour and...
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5 steps to creating an aspiration

Learn the 5 aspects of creating an aspiration and the right attitudes and behaviour you and your pupils need with our downloadable poster. All pupils should have aspirations. The concept is far from new, yet the focus on creating and working towards aspirations in a learning environment has...
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How to get an education, health and care plan

The complicated process of getting an EHC plan may be different for every local authority, but the legal essentials should be the same. Evie Prysor-Jones presents a best practice example. It has been over a year since the SEN reforms came into play, yet almost daily I talk to SENCOs or parents who...
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Tools for keeping pupils and parents involved in progress

The ethos surrounding SEN in schools is obviously important, but to keep provision child-centred, a well-structured document can be invaluable. When target setting with pupils nothing could be more important than asking the pupil what they think. This sounds easy, but thinking about appropriate and...
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Strategies for identifying and supporting stress in our pupils

Stress and mental health difficulties continue to cause havoc on the wellbeing of pupils. Learn strategies to enable staff to identify issues and practical approaches to support and aid recovery. Stress is a commonly used word in today’s vocabulary; at some point all of us will have cried ‘the...
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No Ofsted worries with a strong SEND strategy

With the new Ofsted Inspection Framework now in force, there are some simple steps SENCos can follow to demonstrate effective leadership, planning and processes. Evie Prysor-Jones explains. Gareth Morewood has been SENCo at Priestnall School for almost 15 years, so has seen his fair share of Ofsted...
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Don’t look away from people with disabilities

For Learning Disability Week the focus has been on listening. The Mencap Hear My Voice campaign is promoting the voice of individuals as a powerful force. Evie Prysor-Jones, SEN and safeguarding content lead at Optimus Education, explores why looking is just as important as listening. ‘Don’t stare...
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The New Send Framework: Legal Obligations and Practical Solutions

There was a very serious atmosphere at the SEND conference on Tuesday 11th November, with many people muttering in hushed voices and an obvious impatience to get started. The aim of the conference was to calm worries and answer questions that the new SEND Code of Practice 2014 has given rise to, so...
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Children's mental health: an exciting challenge for schools

Last Wednesday (12th November) we had the pleasure of hosting the Promoting Positive Mental Health in Schools conference in partnership with Place2Be , and what a day it was! Taking place at the Ibis Hotel in West Brompton, it was a relentlessly busy day, packed full of information and professional...
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