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SENCo Conference Thursday 9th May 2024

SEN provision – mapping and measuring impact for all

The conference will take place at the Professional Development Centre (PDC):

229 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6AB

Conference Booking

To book your place please click on the link:

For any further questions please contact:

Linda Hall

Key note Speaker

Abigail Hawkins is a SEN specialist with over 25 years of experience as a SENCO. She has been a SENDCO, DLS, an Education Consultant, and has a Founding Fellowship of the Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT), which is an accolade held by some of the most committed teachers and leaders who have shown a significant and sustained contribution to the teaching profession and their own professional development.

Workshops include: SEN Section Hannah Glennon: Requesting an EHCP: What’s useful and What’s not.”, Educational Psychology Service “MeLSA/ mediated learning.”, TH CAMHS East London NHS Foundation Trust “Understanding ADHD”

World Down Syndrome Day 2024

Marner School Celebration

The Learning Advisory Service celebrated World Down Syndrome Day with a performance around “End the Stereotypes”at Marner School. It included pupils with Down Syndrome who attend mainstream schools coming together to celebrate how amazing they are now and thinking about what they would like to be when they grow up.

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), Thursday 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

The theme for World Down Syndrome Day 2024 is ‘End The Stereotypes’.

Please click on the link below. Register to access the free educational resources for all age groups.

World Down Syndrome Day March 21, 2024

The Language, Literacy and Communication team have introduced an intervention this year to improve reading and language outcomes for children with Down Syndrome this year. We are using The Reading and Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome (RLI) developed by DSE UK.

The intervention is an evidenced-based teaching programme which supplements and supports regular teaching with daily 1:1 intervention sessions and is carefully targeted to the needs of each pupil.

We are currently working with 10 primary schools, and about 17 pupils, and we look forward to seeing how well they progress.

We offer 2 half day training days, as well as visiting schools before and after the intervention begins to provide support and guidance to the Teaching Assistants running the programme.

We hope to run the programme again in the Autumn term for any schools that did not take part in the first cohort.

Please note we are only currently offering this to Tower Hamlets Schools but if numbers allow, this may change.


World Book Day, Thursday March 7th, is about celebrating books and reading all year round.The best way you can support your child’s reading is by encouraging a love of reading, and spending time looking through books, talking about the pictures and story, and reading together each day

Children with SEND needs lots of repetition and over-
learning of reading skills, both at school and at home.
Reading is about much more than getting your child to read to you, it is
just as beneficial for you to read to them, particularly
early on.

Have a Very Funny Christmas Part Deux Coming Soon!

The LAS team are busier than Santa’s elves preparing the sequel to their popular Christmas ‘wisecrackers’ series. In the meantime, enjoy these Yuletide cheery chestnuts (wink wink). Watch this space-drop date December 13th!

Christmas by Signalong

Signalong-The Communication Charity- provides resources, training and free advice, and readily works with others in the field to promote communication skills for children and adults with speech, language and communication needs and English as an additional language. A central tenet of Signalong is “one concept per sign, one sign per concept” which is different to other British Sign Language based systems, which require an understanding of the context in order to distinguish meaning. 

Download your free Advent Calendar craft activity here!

advent 2021.pdf (

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2023

The theme this year is ‘Uniquely You’. The British Dyslexia Association have a range of resources available :

Dyslexia Scotland also have a range of free events – some online in October and November, including study skills for older students. See this link:

Dyslexia Awareness Week 1 – 7 November | Dyslexia Scotland – Dyslexia Scotland

World Down Syndrome Day

Students from mainstream schools across Tower Hamlets, the Learning Advisory Service and the Half Moon Theatre laid on a wonderful presentation at Marner Primary School this week in recognition of World Down Syndrome Day. Many thanks to the Canary Wharf Group for the funding. It was fantastic to see so many of our students and their families coming together to celebrate the occasion.

It was quite the experience to see so many of out superheroes performing on the day. What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our young people, build friendships and promote inclusion across the borough!

TRAILER: Tower Hamlets – World Down Syndrome Day 2023 from Half Moon Theatre on Vimeo.

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