Hello everyone, I would like to introduce a new service for SEND practitioners this summer. A SEND peer advisor will soon be available a few times a week to help answer some of your queries. This should make it easier to find the advice, tips and information you need on a range of issues including best practice, qualifications and assessments. I’m pleased to announce that Jules Daulby will be joining the TES Community as the SEND peer advisor later this week. Jules is the Literacy and Language Co-ordinator at Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, Dorset. As part of her role, she leads a specialist Speech and Language base, an alternative curriculum for students who follow ASDAN instead of a GCSE option and is responsible for whole school literacy. Previously, Jules has worked as a: · Specialist advisory teacher for Dorset LA’s SEN specialist Service (SENSS) · Functional Skills English teacher in Further Education. · Learning Support Teacher for Further Education and Higher Education. · Parent Partnership Officer for Dorset LA. Jules is qualified up to Level 7 as a specialist teacher and assessor in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) and is about to embark on an Msc in Language and Communication Impairment at Sheffield University. Jules began her teaching career in English and Drama, teaching GCSE and A’ level. She then became Deputy Head of Sixth Form before leaving the UK for a two year adventure in the Falkland Islands as a news broadcaster. Jules is a prolific member of the twitter community (@JulesDaulby) and regularly blogs for Labour Teachers, @staffrm, MainstreamSEND and LiteracyLiaisons. She also writes for TES and InnovateMySchool. Jules said: “am really looking forward to contributing to the TES SEN forum as SEND peer advisor. During my teaching career, I have worked with students who have learning differences in a Reception class right up to an adult studying for a degree. Students have common traits but I regularly remind myself that ‘if you’ve met one child with a learning difficulty, you’ve met one child’. What these students have in common however is, for some reason, they are not progressing in the same way as their typical peers. It is for us, as staff working with these students, to identify the need and attempt to put strategies in place so they can be successful. I’m hoping I can help you make those decisions through lively and informed dialogue." Please welcome her to the forum. It might best to add the prefix: 'Dear Jules' to your thread titles and tag her name @JulesDaulby to alert her to any posts/threads that you wish her to respond to. Please note that this forum, including all content posted in it (whether by you or us or on our behalf), is subject to our General Terms and Conditions which can be found here: https://www.tes.com/us/terms-and-conditions. As set out in our General Terms and Conditions, the content and posts in this forum are for general information only and are not intended to, nor do they, constitute legal or other professional advice or services or a recommendation to purchase any product or service or a recommendation upon which any specific decision should be made. The information and content made available in this forum should not be relied on as a substitute for proper professional advice. We accept no responsibility for any reliance placed on information or content provided in this forum or otherwise through our websites or services.