This is an interesting post. As a specialist myself, I sometimes get late referrals and think how much better it would have been if I'd met a child terms (if not years) before! However there is a great need for teachers nowadays to be prepared to be more flexible. It's no good doing it how you've always done it when the intake has changed. With a wide range of abilities, aptitude profiles and children with SEN in the mainstream classroom, it's vital to have many 'tricks' up your sleeve and be able - as in your example - to introduce 3D equipment and/or visuals to support some without it seeming a criticism. Chances are there are others who will benefit anyway. The move away from Statements where I am means there has been no point in asking for one unless the school has thrown absolutely everything within its repertoire at the problem and there has still been no progress. Schools often have really experienced people with excellent skills they could share - but do they? Could you find a way to make videos of your best using their special skills and have discussion groups with other teachers? So often, a real push to improve ones own skill range is to see someone using what you have available better than you do - and getting results! Good luck in your new post - you may not be popular but there's lots of scope for satisfying work and helping adults and children feel 'upskilled'.