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Kempe, Andy; Tissot, Cathy – Support for Learning, 2012
For children with autism, social challenges may be both part of the disability and a barrier to accessing education. This article reports on a project that used drama to address such challenges by drawing on the social skills of non-autistic peers in a special school setting. The article demonstrates how drama's flexibility may be harnessed in…
Descriptors: Autism, Special Schools, Social Development, Interpersonal Competence
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Rose, Jo – Support for Learning, 2012
This article considers the ways in which special schools work in partnership with other organisations in order to meet the support needs of their pupils and enhance their educational provision. Data are taken from interviews in 2009 and 2010 with staff, pupils and governors at four different special schools in England. Schools appeared proactive…
Descriptors: Special Schools, Educational Needs, Disabilities, Foreign Countries
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Robertson, Christopher – Support for Learning, 2012
In this article, recent legislative changes that have raised the profile of SENCos in English schools are outlined. Key aspects of the current Government's proposals to reform SEND policy, provision and practice and the possible implications of these for SENCos and the schools they work in are discussed. The view that radical reforms outlined in…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Legislation
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Wedell, Klaus – Support for Learning, 2012
The aim of this article is to give an account of a self-help "bottom-up" continuing professional development (CPD) facility for SENCos which has been built up over the last 16 years. This CPD was originally intended to supplement any substantive training that might have been provided by local authorities (LAs) and by further and higher…
Descriptors: Professional Continuing Education, Training Methods, Training Objectives, Qualifications
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Morewood, Gareth D. – Support for Learning, 2012
This article examines some of the issues emerging with regard to the SENCo skill set and does so in the context of the current rapidly changing educational climate. The SENCo role has to evolve and adapt in order to meet ever-changing requirements. This involves a collective effort, in which a strong SENCo network and a collaborative approach have…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Staff Role, Coordinators, Special Needs Students
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Morewood, Gareth D.; Bond, Caroline – Support for Learning, 2012
A questionnaire was developed and trialled in an inclusive high school with the aim of understanding factors that contribute to parental confidence in school provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Parents of all students at School Action, School Action Plus and those with Statements of special educational…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Needs, Special Needs Students, Inclusion
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Jurecska, Diomaris E.; Hamilton, Elizabeth B.; Peterson, Mary A. – Support for Learning, 2011
The purpose of this article is to discuss the effectiveness of the Coping Power Program (CPP); an evidence-based treatment delivered in a group format to at-risk middle-school children. Initially, two groups were randomised and formed: an intervention group of 24 CPP sessions and a control group. All students were enrolled in public schools from…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Intervention, Hyperactivity, Coping
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Reilly, Colin; Ballantine, Rebecca – Support for Learning, 2011
Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in childhood and can have a significant impact on a child's schooling. Children with epilepsy may have special educational needs due to having learning disability, specific learning difficulties, specific cognitive deficits or having symptoms associated with ASD, ADHD, depression or anxiety. These…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Epilepsy, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Anxiety
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Conway, Paul F.; Amberson, Jessica – Support for Learning, 2011
Mobile technology-enhanced literacy initiatives have become a focus of efforts to support learning for students with literacy difficulties. The "Laptops Initiative for Post-Primary Students with Dyslexia or other Reading/Writing Difficulties" offers insights into and addresses questions about ICT policy making regarding m-learning technologies for…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Dyslexia, Data Analysis, Literacy Education
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Male, Dawn B. – Support for Learning, 2011
This article describes a study that aimed to answer the following question: "Will a programme of professional development in the area of special and inclusive education be effective in achieving attitudinal shift in teachers?" Forty-eight teachers who were enrolled on a Master's programme in Special and Inclusive Education were surveyed via a…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Inclusion, Mainstreaming
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Elson, Nicola – Support for Learning, 2011
Warnock advocated that all young people with learning difficulties should be entitled to an appropriate education beyond the compulsory age of 16. The purpose of the study was to investigate attitudes to post-16 educational provision for students with special educational needs. What are the strengths and weaknesses of current provision and is it…
Descriptors: Special Schools, Learning Problems, Educational Needs, Severe Mental Retardation
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Everatt, John; Al-Sharhan, Abir; Al-Azmi, Yousuf; Al-Menaye, Nasser; Elbeher, Gad – Support for Learning, 2011
This article reports the findings of studies of the relationship between off-task behaviours and measures of educational achievement. The work focused on children from an Arabic-speaking/cultural background rarely studied in the literature. The first study involved children within a mainstream school context and found that measures of literacy and…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Hyperactivity
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Mackenzie, Suzanne – Support for Learning, 2011
This research examines the role of teaching assistants (TAs) working with children with special educational needs (SEN) in an increasingly complex and diverse context. The role of the TA has been given more attention recently, partly due to the increased focus on their effectiveness within an inclusive education system in a time of workforce…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Figurative Language, Educational Change, Teaching Assistants
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Griffiths, Sue; Smith, Andy – Support for Learning, 2011
The role of schools in providing extended services to their communities continues to undergo change and development. This has raised issues regarding the training of student teachers who are increasingly likely to take up appointments in schools offering extended services. This research project investigated the development of resources to prepare…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Focus Groups, Case Studies, Case Method (Teaching Technique)
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Morton, Missy; McMenamin, Trish – Support for Learning, 2011
In this article we describe the processes and outcomes of the development of the "New Zealand Curriculum Exemplars for Students with Special Education Needs". The project focused on teachers working with students described as working long term at Level 1 in the "New Zealand Curriculum". Earlier research had shown that teachers…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Special Education
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