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Ruth Kershner

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Chapter 49: What do Classroom Teachers Need to Know about Meeting Special Educational Needs?

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What do Classroom Teachers Need to Know about Meeting Special Educational Needs?
What do Classroom Teachers Need to Know about Meeting Special Educational Needs?
Ruth Kershner
Introduction

This chapter focuses on the knowledge teachers may need and create in working with children seen to have special educational needs within the diverse pupil population of most ‘ordinary’ classes and schools. ‘Special educational needs’ (SEN), in general terms, refers to the individuals and groups of children whose classroom learning is found to be unusually effortful, unpredictable, slow or otherwise problematic compared to their classroom peers in school. In England, significant numbers of children are identified with SEN: around 1.62 million children (19.8%) in 2011–2012 (Department for Education [DfE], 2012). Of these, 226,000 had received a ‘Statement of SEN’, laying out their entitlement to extra help after formal assessment. The remainder (around 1.39 ...

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