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The Changing Face of Special Educational Needs

Impact and implications for SENCOs and their schools

By Alison Ekins

Routledge – 2012 – 224 pages

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Description

‘Up- to-date and reflective of new government policy, this book will be an essential resource for all Senior Leaders and SENCOs.’Lynne Cook, Senior Lecturer in Education, Oxford Brookes University

The Changing Face of Special Educational Needs shows teachers, SENCOs and students in teacher training how to respond to the rapidly changing context of special education. This highly practical and accessible text unlocks the often confusing field of special education provision in schools today by:

  • Summarising and clarifying new policy directions as they emerge, in light of recent coalition government policies on Education, SEN and Disability;
  • Suggesting clear, practical activities to bring the theory to life, helping practitioners to review and reflect upon their work;
  • Encouraging critical reflection about existing systems within the school context, considering whether these will remain appropriate and ‘fit for purpose’;
  • Giving opportunities for teachers, SENCOs and senior leaders to contextualise the new changes in terms of the implications for practice in their own school.

Packed with activities, case studies and points for reflection, this timely book will help the teacher, SENCO, senior leader or advisor to make sense of the rapid pace of change of policy and terminology related to SEN. It will help practitioners in a positive and supportive way, emphasising the exciting opportunities that these changes will provide for developing new, innovative and creative working practices.

This book will also be essential reading for all SENCOs completing the National Award for SEN Coordination.

Reviews

"SENCOs participating in the National Award programme for SEN coordination will want to include this text on their list of ‘books to read’in the year ahead." – SENCO Update, October 2011

"It is informative and essential reading, certainly for those new to the SENCO role, and for all those involved in dealing with children with SEN. This book is a ‘must’ for every school to acknowledge and have available for all staff members to read." – Anne Main, Dyslexia Review, November 2012

Contents

Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Re-examining practices in a time of change Chapter 2. The Changing Policy Context Chapter 3. The changing SEN system Chapter 4. Statutory responsibilities for SEN: whose job is it anyway? Chapter 5. The role of the SENCO Chapter 6. New ways of working Chapter 7. Coordinating, implementing and evaluating provision Chapter 8. Working with pupils with SEN and/or disabilities and their parents Chapter 9. Developing and evaluating practices in an era of change References Appendices

Author Bio

Alison Ekins is Course Director of the National Award for SEN Coordination at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she developed, leads and teaches the new mandatory training programme for SENCOs.

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Categories: SENCOs, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs, Education Policy