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.

The Creation of Schools with a SEN Specialism

The creation of schools with a SEN specialism

This is the first chapter to consider the shift towards schools working collaboratively and it does so from the perspective of individual schools reaching out to other schools in order to share experience and expertise. It traces:

  • the origins of outreach work from specialist provision in the 1980s
  • the emergence of advanced skills teachers (ASTs) and excellent teachers (ETs) in the 1990s
  • the impact of the Specialist Schools Programme.

Case studies are given of both mainstream and special schools that have become specialist schools with a SEN specialism.

Over the last 30 years, there has been a huge shift towards schools supporting each other rather than concentrating solely on their own students. This approach gathered ...

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