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Goodall, Craig – Support for Learning, 2019
Through a qualitative rights informed study, using semi-structured interviews and a range of participatory approaches, seven autistic teenage boys in Northern Ireland discuss their educational experiences in mainstream school and within an Alternative Education Provision (AEP). Their experiences and advice demonstrate that the relational aspects…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Autism, Males, Adolescents
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Goodall, Craig – Support for Learning, 2015
Scope exists within the Northern Ireland (NI) education system to transform mainstream schools into autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)-friendly environments. The efficacy of mainstream inclusion is discussed prior to discussing the creation of ASD-friendly schools. The transformation of mainstream school environments is underpinned by concepts such…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Inclusion
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Long, Louise; McPhillips, Therese; Shevlin, Michael; Smith, Ron – Support for Learning, 2012
The research described in this article aimed to explore and examine the dominant "assessment" and "participation" stories of upper-primary pupils with long-standing and marked literacy learning needs, their views on how their level of participation in the assessment and remediation of their additional needs might be increased…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Literacy, Focus Groups
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McAllister, Keith; Maguire, Barry – Support for Learning, 2012
There is a growing consensus that an appropriate classroom environment will aid the performance of the pupil with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are, however, very few design guidelines available when considering ASD and the school environment. Such guidelines that do exist tend only to be in general terms. Therefore, this article seeks to…
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Autism, Classroom Environment, Foreign Countries
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McGill, Shauna – Support for Learning, 2011
This research is designed to provide information for participants, facilitators and policy makers in the area of Extended Schools. Its salient purpose is to investigate and examine the feelings, beliefs and attitudes of teachers and parents involved in the development of the Extended Schools project in Northern Ireland. The Extended Schools…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beliefs, Intention, Empathy
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Quinn, Una; Wakefield, Peter – Support for Learning, 2009
The article focuses upon a small-scale research project undertaken in a Northern Ireland secondary school. Using a questionnaire, the article explores the views of a sample of young people from four European countries who are enrolled at the school, regarding the school's inclusive policy and associated practices. In recent years, Northern Ireland…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, School Culture, Foreign Countries, Migrants
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Lundy, Laura; Kilpatrick, Rosemary – Support for Learning, 2006
This article describes recent research conducted on behalf of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. The study highlights a number of emerging issues including: limited decision-making opportunities for children; statementing and assessment; and other issues specific to mainstream and special schools. The article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Childrens Rights, Special Education, Special Needs Students
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Karayiannis, Caroline – Support for Learning, 2006
In this paper Caroline Karayiannis provides an account of recent developments regarding the links between services in schools. She presents an overview of practices in Northern Ireland, particularly illustrating these with "snapshot" voices of some of the key sectors in these endeavours.
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Partnerships in Education, Models, Foreign Countries
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Winter, Eileen C. – Support for Learning, 2006
The policy of including pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream schools and classes is now firmly established in many jurisdictions worldwide. Successful implementation of such policy depends largely on teachers having the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to make it work. This poses a considerable challenge for both…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Inclusive Schools, Special Education
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McMurray, Sharon – Support for Learning, 2006
This paper considers evidence from an intervention designed to raise standards in spelling and independent writing. "The Complete Spelling Programme" (McMurray and Fleming, 1998) is designed to ensure that all processes involved in learning to spell are activated and that the interaction between them is facilitated. In addition, a number…
Descriptors: Spelling Instruction, Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, Academic Standards
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Hunter, John; O'Connor, Una – Support for Learning, 2006
This article provides a context within which other contributions to this issue might be read. It examines the position of special educational needs (SEN) within the evolving continuum of education in Northern Ireland, specifically within the context of educational inclusion. It describes recent changes in educational policy and legislation which…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Special Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Murphy, Martin; Stewart, David – Support for Learning, 2006
Support for children and young people who experience violence, both directly and indirectly, is the principal focus of Martin Murphy's and David Stewart's article. Describing the work of the NOVA organisation, they highlight the benefits of close, interagency collaboration, with an emphasis upon therapeutic support and community capacity building.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Adults, Violence, Children