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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. First Report of Session 2019-20

In 2014, Parliament legislated with the intention of transforming the educational experiences of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The reforms were ambitious: the Children and Families Bill sought to place young people at the heart of the system. However, as we set out in this report, that ambition remains to be realised. Let down by failures of implementation, the 2014 reforms have resulted in confusion and at times unlawful practice, bureaucratic nightmares, buckpassing and a lack of accountability, strained resources and adversarial experiences, and ultimately dashed the hopes of many.   The reforms were the...


Date Published: 23rd October 2019
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Special School Leaders

A collection of case studies from special school leaders. This book is the result of a year long leadership programme delivered by NASS and AKN Consulting for leaders of independent schools and non maintained special schools. As part of the programme participants designed and implemented leadership projects within their schools and these are their stories. The eight case studies within cover structural changes, staff re-organisation, implementing new initiatives and new approaches for assessing and improving outcomes for children. Foreword by NASS Chief Executive Claire Dorer.


Date Published: 10th October 2019
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Adopting Appreciative Inquiry: An approach to building on Success

On my appointment as Assistant Principal (Senco) at my school in August 2014 I began an incredible journey of both professional and self-discovery. Due to the nature of the range of needs at the school – the support team is a very large one. Like any new post-holder, I wanted to ‘make my mark’ and set about planning new initiatives with gusto. I decided to audit and observe for the first year whilst I got the Senco Award under my belt and this gave me time to take stock and work out how to go about facilitating and leading...


Date Published: 10th October 2019
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