Articles & Interviews

BOOKS

‘Better Behaviour – a guide for teachers’ – published by SAGE in June 2018

‘Don’t Send Him in Tomorrow’ – published by Independent Thinking Press https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Send-Him-Tomorrow-disenfranchised/dp/1781352534

Chapter on SEN with Professor Maggie Snowling in What Does This Look Like in the Classroom: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Classroom Practice https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Does-This-Look-Classroom/dp/1911382373

Chapter ‘What’s in your schema for SEN?’ in Learning Without Labels – published by John Catt Educational  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Learning-Without-Labels-Improving-Vulnerable/dp/1911382152/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489958530&sr=1-1&keywords=learning+without+labels

TES BEHAVIOUR COLUMN, FEATURES, ARTICLES and BLOGS

‘The ‘double whammy’ gives children the wrong message’ 24 November 2017 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/double-whammy-gives-children-wrong-message

‘Sometimes doing nothing is the way to control behaviour’ 10 November 2017 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/sometimes-doing-nothing-way-control-behaviour

‘When facing a behavioural hot potato, it pays to stay cool’ 27 October 2017 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/when-facing-a-behavioural-hot-potato-it-pays-stay-cool

‘Reward systems make losers out of teachers and students’ 6 October 2017 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/reward-systems-make-losers-out-teachers-and-students

‘The dangers of sweating the small stuff in the classroom’ 22 September 2017 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/dangers-sweating-small-stuff-classroom

TES, 8 September 2017, ‘Making things fun will not solve behaviour issues’ https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/making-things-fun-will-not-solve-behaviour-issues

‘We shouldn’t define children with SEND by their diagnoses, but we must be informed by them’ 13 July 2017 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/we-shouldnt-define-children-send-their-diagnoses-we-must-be-informed

‘Five tenets of good leadership’ 21 April 2017

‘Parents of children with SEND are too often ignored or labelled “pushy”‘  28 February 2017                                                                                           https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/parents-children-send-are-too-often-ignored-or-labelled-pushy

‘It pays to watch what you say’ 16 December 2016 

‘Four reasons why SEND funding is in crisis’ 15 December 2016  https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/four-reasons-why-send-funding-crisis

Aspiring Leaders – ‘Don’t act as if you own the place’ 25 November 2016

‘Seven reasons the Ofsted ‘outstanding’ grade must be scrapped’ 7 October 2016 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/seven-reasons-ofsted-outstanding-grade-must-be-scrapped

‘When is the right time to move on?’ 23 September 2016 

‘Avoiding the fortune teller error’ 9 September 2016

New Teacher – ‘Your new best friends’ 9 September 2016

‘Anthony got two Fs in his GCSEs: that may not seem earth-shattering to you, but to him – and to me – that represents a triumph’ 25 August 2016 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/anthony-got-two-fs-his-gcses-may-not-seem-earth-shattering-you-him

‘Behaviour policies with cast-iron sanctions are seductive – that doesn’t mean they are effective’ 2 August 2016 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/behaviour-policies-cast-iron-sanctions-are-seductive-doesnt-mean

‘What your reception area says about your leadership’ 24 June 2016

White Paper: ‘How SEND is the Achilles’ heel of mass academisation’ 17 March 2016  https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/white-paper-how-send-achilles-heel-mass-academisation

Ed Biz- Go compare: ‘Financial benchmarking can help to identify issues with school expenditure and reduce overspending’ 11 March 2016

‘Why a flashy suit does not make you a good Headteacher’ 26 February 2016 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/why-a-flashy-suit-does-not-make-you-a-good-headteacher

‘The cane for ‘being a nuisance’ – how far have we really come since the dark days of corporal punishment?’ 6 February 2016  https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/cane-being-a-nuisance-how-far-have-we-really-come-dark-days-corporal

Your First Job: ‘The Forgotten Sector’ 22 January 2016

‘A Long Way to Go’ (cover feature) 4 December 2015  https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/why-it-we-make-our-most-vulnerable-students-travel-farthest

Aspiring Headteachers: Do your homework before you hear the words ‘You’re hired’ 6 November 2015

‘Make sure that every pupil knows you care’ 16 October 2015

‘Turning governors in to critical friends’ 9 October 2015 https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/five-ways-heads-turn-governors-a-critical-friend

‘Emotional investment will pay dividends’ 27 August 2015 https://www.tes.com/article.aspx?storycode=11008282

Headteacher summer workload interview, 10th July 2015 https://www.tes.co.uk/news/school-news/breaking-views/why-headteachers-will-be-hard-work-summer

‘Under Inspection’ 26th June 2015 https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=11007759

‘Parents and Transition’ 19th June 2015 https://www.tes.co.uk/news/school-news/breaking-views/10-years-ive-known-two-sets-parents-who-not-only-never-visited-their

Leadership – ‘Why special schools need special heads’ 5th June 2015 https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=11007502

‘The Seven Deadly Sins of Teaching’ 22 May 2015 https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=11007345

‘Under Inspection’ 1 May 2015 https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=11007165

‘How state and private schools can work together’ 3 December 2014 https://www.tes.co.uk/news/school-news/tes-professional/how-state-and-private-schools-can-work-together-%E2%80%93-benefit-all

TES Further Education Podcast, 25 April 2014 http://tesconnect.podbean.com/e/the-tes-further-education-podcast-%E2%80%93-250414/

ARTICLES, BLOGS IN OTHER PUBLICATIONS

The Guardian, 27 October 2016, Why are so many SEN pupils excluded from school? Because we are failing them https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/oct/27/why-are-so-many-sen-pupils-excluded-from-school-because-we-are-failing-them

The Guardian, 6 October 2015 – It is shameful we haven’t enough people in the UK to educate our kids   http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/oct/06/uk-educate-kids-headteachers-roundtable-school-funding-staff-pupils

Teach Primary, November 2016 – ‘Why you should visit a special school’ http://www.teachwire.net/news/why-you-should-visit-a-special-school?utm_content=buffercf2ae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

SENCo, Volume 3, Issue 1 – ‘Beware the Fortune-Teller Error’ https://www.teachwire.net/special-issues

SENCo, Volume 2, Issue 1 – ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ https://www.teachwire.net/uploads/special-issues/SENCo2.pdf

SENCo, Volume 1, Issue 1 – ‘Forced to Fit’                        https://www.teachwire.net/special-issues

‘Vectoring assets to kinetic situations’ – Independent Thinking, 23 October 2016 http://www.independentthinking.co.uk/blog/2016/october/23/vectoring-assets-to-kinetic-situations.aspx

‘If your knees aren’t dirty you haven’t been working hard enough’ – Independent Thinking, 5 October 2016  http://www.independentthinking.co.uk/blog/2016/october/05/how-dirty-your-knees-are.aspx

‘What’s in your schema for SEN?’ – National Education Trust, 1st September 2016 https://nationaleducationtrustblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/whats-in-your-schema-for-sen-by-jarlath-Obrien/

How real is your school vision? – Leadership Matters, 5 July 2016 http://www.leadershipmatters.org.uk/articles/how-real-is-your-school-vision/

‘It’s My Way or the Highway’ – Independent Thinking, 26 April 2016 http://www.independentthinking.co.uk/blog/2016/april/its-my-way-or-the-highway.aspx

The Times They Are a-Changin’ – Leadership Matters, 7 April 2016 http://www.leadershipmatters.org.uk/articles/the-times-they-are-a-changin/

 

Well-being: A Special School Perspective – Appendix to A Practical Guide: National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers by Roy Blatchford http://www.johncattbookshop.com/9781909717312

Parental engagement: ‘I don’t know where you are’ https://nationaleducationtrustblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/parental-engagement-i-dont-know-where-you-are/

Herd Immunityhttp://www.nationaleducationtrust.net/ShapingIdeasShapingLives217.php

Well-being: A Special School Perspectivehttp://www.nationaleducationtrust.net/ShapingIdeasShapingLives200.php

INTERVIEWS

Sky News, 9 November 2015 – Academies ‘Illegally Excluding’ Vulnerable Pupils http://news.sky.com/story/1583886/academies-illegally-excluding-vulnerable-pupils

BBC News, 6 October 2017 – School discipline: How strict is too strict? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41441639

Special Leadership – Pivotal Podcast with Paul Dix and Kevin Mulryne http://www.pivotalpodcast.com/jarlath-obrien-on-special-leadership-pp74/

Education Britain Conversations with Ty Goddard, 1 March 2017 http://www.ednfoundation.org/2017/03/01/education-britain-conversations-jarlath-Obrien/

Talking Heads interview, 29 December 2016 https://talkingheads.blog/2016/12/29/talking-heads-jarlath-obrien/

Schools Week, 16 October 2015 – Ofsted SEN area reviews should focus on exclusions http://schoolsweek.co.uk/new-area-special-needs-reviews-should-focus-on-exclusions/

Schools Week, 18 September 2015 – Eye tests in special schools are a must, says sight loss charity  http://schoolsweek.co.uk/call-for-eye-tests-in-special-schools/

Schools Week, 27 March 2015 – Special needs reforms: laudable or laughable? (interview) http://schoolsweek.co.uk/special-needs-reforms-laudable-or-laughable/

Interview on The SEND Show, Surrey Hills Radio, 16 November 2016 https://www.mixcloud.com/surreyhillsradio/the-send-show-16-11-2016/

 

 

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