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Phonics can be fun

TAs can provide invaluable support for teachers – but don’t use them as an excuse not to engage with your SEND pupils

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It’s often the experiences you have in the early years of teaching that set the scene for the rest and for me, many of those were around SEND. I don’t have enough room in this column to tell you about all the lessons I learned, so I’m going to stick to just the one, from the time when I thought I was getting the hang of it.

It was back in the days of the Literacy Hour, and I had been given a reading intervention programme to run, with the help of my new teaching assistant (she was one of the mums who used to come in and help – she was really arty and used to make my displays look like someone ...

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