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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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Changing, improving and learning is a game we all play, as leaders of education

Our setting is a small school with the maximum capacity of 30 pupils. As of July 2019 we have 26 pupils on role with 23 members of staff (including auxiliary staff). The school has a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) team made up of a Headteacher and two Assistant Heads (one for Education and one for Pastoral). In addition, there are subject leads for Science, English and Maths and a Senior Keyworker. As part of the development of specialisms other key roles include, an Assistant Educational Psychologist and a Team Teach Tutor.   The case study plots a journey of ups as...


Date Published: 10th October 2019
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Deployment of Teaching Assistants in schools

Teaching Assistants (TAs) account for around a quarter (28%) of the overall state-funded school workforce (DfE, 2018). In recent years, research has begun to examine how TAs can be deployed effectively (Sharples et al., 2015). This research has shown that TAs who are sufficiently trained and used correctly within the classroom – for example, as a supplement to teachers and not a replacement – can have a positive impact on pupil engagement and attainment. Wider evidence also suggests that TAs can have a positive impact on academic achievement, however, effects vary (Blatchford et al., 2009). Despite this work, there...


Date Published: 27th June 2019
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