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Special needs: politicians should check the evidence before making claims about inclusion

Rob Webster.  Last week, a video of controversial comments made in the Australian Parliament about pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provoked international headlines. Voice wavering and clumsily tripping over her words, Senator Pauline Hanson unmistakably suggested that

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Posted in Special educational needs and psychology

Is the solution to the teacher supply crisis already in our classrooms?

Rob Webster.  This week, The Economist carried an article on how education systems globally are improving the quality of teaching by looking inside “the ‘black box of the production process’ – or what others might call the classroom’.” It concludes

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Posted in Education policy, Teachers and teaching assistants

The power of talk: how teaching assistants can boost pupils’ independence and learning

 Rob Webster, Paula Bosanquet and Julie Radford.  Schools are increasingly using research evidence to inform their strategic and day-to-day practice. A key resource is the Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit. Consistently top of the EEF’s list of ‘what works’

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Posted in Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching

The freedom to make decisions about teaching assistants is nothing new, but now school leaders have the means to unlock their potential

Rob Webster Over the last five years, schools in England have been granted an unprecedented level of freedom. An increasing number of state schools now decide for themselves which children are admitted, the curriculum they follow, who to appoint to

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Posted in Leadership and management, Teachers and teaching assistants

The more things change…? Children with SEN and their classroom experiences over time

Rob Webster Just before Christmas, Mencap – the UK’s leading charity for people with learning disabilities – reported results of a survey of parents’ perceptions of their children’s education. Responses from 908 parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities

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Posted in Research matters, Special educational needs and psychology
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