In order to achieve the best outcomes for all children and young people, schools must work in partnership with students, parents, other professionals and the wider community. In this changing landscape of education, the notion of the traditional school no longer exists. Partnership Working to Support Special Educational Needs & Disabilities looks at what is possible in this exciting new world, and how some teachers are putting into practice the best principles of multi-agency working. Supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in this context is more vital than ever, as more children are being diagnosed with additional needs, and those working with children are aware of the need to ensure every individual is given the maximum opportunity to develop to their full potential. Filled with case studies of best practice from real schools, this book is a must-have for those looking at how to work together to achieve positive outcomes for all.



This introduction sets the scene for the rest of the book by outlining:

  • ways in which schools and other educational settings are becoming more diverse
  • how these changes are leading to schools working in partnership and taking shared responsibility for children and young people, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • the increasing expectations of what schools will provide and their role within the community
  • how the changing needs of children and young people, and the way they are described, needs to be borne in mind alongside these other changes.

How Schools are Changing

The last two decades have seen an unprecedented growth in the diversity of schools that have been created. In addition, schools have taken on new roles and responsibilities. Some of these changes can be ...

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