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ERIC Number: EJ1199662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
Making Sense of 'Teaching', 'Support' and 'Differentiation': The Educational Experiences of Pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans and Statements in Mainstream Secondary Schools
Webster, Rob; Blatchford, Peter
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v34 n1 p98-113 2019
This paper reports on results from a descriptive study of the nature and quality of the day-to-day educational experiences of 49 13-14 year olds with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND). All pupils had either an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement, and attended in mainstream secondary school in England. Pupils involved in the SEN in Secondary Education study were shadowed for several days over a school week. Researchers prepared pupil-level case studies on the basis of data from qualitative observations and semi-structured interviews with pupils and key school staff involved in their learning and development. The case studies were subjected to a thematic analysis. Results are presented in terms of two inter-related themes -- (i) teaching and support; and (ii) differentiation -- which address approaches to, and expressions of, inclusive practice; the roles of teachers and teaching assistants; and the defining features of teaching and support for SEND. The results are considered in view of the inclusiveness, appropriateness and effectiveness of provision on offer to pupils with high-level SEND. We conclude there has been a systemic and long-standing failure to fully address the educational needs of such pupils, and suggest what schools could do to provide higher quality experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)