The training for teachers in supporting pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities (SEND) can be very limited, due to other priorities and time constraints in many courses, but the vast majority of teachers will, at some point, be faced with students whose challenges in life are tougher than most others. Fundamentally, the job of the teacher is to let pupils achieve the best possible educational outcomes, although many can feel ill-equipped to support groups of children whose needs more profounded affect their learning.
Similar to other books in this series, Cherryl Drabble’s book is split into two distinct areas. The first section allows readers to gain a deeper understanding of SEND, witnessing the impact of this upon their students – including self-assessment, reflective questions for the individual teacher, along with practical strategies to put into place encouraging a more inclusive classroom. The second part encourages Professional Development leaders to improve and focus on their whole school approach in terms of SEND, offering training plans and ideas taken from quite a few familiar names that can be seen on Twitter.
This book shares a collection of ideas and tips which can be a useful guide in ensuring that legislative requirements are being implemented in schools around the country, and although the book offers a brief history of SEND in the UK, most of the legislation and guidance is mainly relevant to schools in England, whereas Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have their own legislative programmes in ensuring pupils with SEN to be included within mainstream education. However, teachers outside of the legislation and guidance directed from London may also find ideas, tips and strategies to support some of the most special children that are part of our society.