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Cockroft, Charlotte; Atkinson, Cathy – Support for Learning, 2015
This article reports on small-scale research exploring the views of learning support assistants (LSAs) about facilitators and barriers to effective practice. A focus group was conveyed involving all the LSAs working in one mainstream primary school in the north-west of England and thematic analysis was used to interrogate the resultant dataset.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Role Models, School Support, Teaching Assistants
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Malle, Abebe Yehualawork; Pirttimaa, Raija; Saloviita, Timo – Support for Learning, 2015
This study explores the extent to which the issue of special educational and training needs for persons with disabilities is addressed in the education and training policy of Ethiopia, with a specific focus on technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Focus group discussions and interviews were used to assess the content of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education, Disabilities, Educational Policy
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Smith, Andy; Bell, Sheena – Support for Learning, 2015
Twenty years after UNESCO's Salamanca Statement enshrined international action for provision for children, youth and adults with special educational needs within the regular educational system, this article presents the current underpinning international and national UK context for developing inclusion in vocational education and training and…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Vocational Education
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Tzanakaki, Pagona; Grindle, Corinna Fay; Saville, Maria; Hastings, Richard Patrick; Hughes, John Carl; Huxley, Kathleen – Support for Learning, 2014
Teaching mathematics to children with autism is an area with limited research evidence. In this study we developed a teaching manual based on Maths Recovery, a numeracy programme designed for typically developing children. Six children with autism participated in the study and received daily numeracy teaching over a 20-week period. Our aims were…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Autism
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O'Leary, Nick; Longmore, Carl; Medcalf, Richard – Support for Learning, 2014
This study examined how one physical education (PE) teacher in a specialist school for pupils with social and emotional behavioural difficulties (SEBD) taught Year 9 pupils utilising the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model. The research identified factors that led to such instruction, and considered the influence of occupational…
Descriptors: Physical Education Teachers, Socialization, Games, Teaching Methods
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Ayvazo, Shiri; Aljadeff-Abergel, Elian – Support for Learning, 2014
Teaching has become a very challenging profession with the requirements to provide appropriate individualised instruction in large and diverse classes. Problem behaviours displayed by students with special needs exacerbate the difficulties. This is especially true and intense in physical education, where students are exposed to extreme emotional…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Individualized Instruction, Disabilities, Behavior Problems
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Capewell, Carmel – Support for Learning, 2014
Glue ear, a condition resulting in intermittent hearing loss in young children, affects about 80% of young children under seven years old. About 60% of children will spend a third of their time unable to hear within normal thresholds. Teachers are unlikely to consider the sound quality in classrooms. In my research young people provided…
Descriptors: Hearing Impairments, Acoustics, Educational Environment, Environmental Influences
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Preece, David – Support for Learning, 2014
Though professionals working with children on the autism spectrum who display challenging behaviour routinely receive training in the use of both positive behavioural support techniques and physical interventions, such training is rarely provided for the parents of these children. This article reports on the impact of training provided for family…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Intervention, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Fortuna, Ron – Support for Learning, 2014
The transition from the primary to the secondary phase in education can be a pivotal moment for many students, but for students who have autism, their difficulties with socialisation and emotional regulation can make this time period especially challenging. This article explores the experiences of key stakeholders regarding the issue of students…
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Mainstreaming, Elementary School Students
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Waters, Trisha – Support for Learning, 2014
This paper presents the results of the evaluation of the 20-month Story Links project delivered by the University of Chichester in collaboration with the Centre for Therapeutic Storywriting and funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). Story Links is a ten-week intervention that involves…
Descriptors: Intervention, At Risk Students, Reading Difficulties, Emotional Problems
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Mengoni, Silvana E.; Oates, John – Support for Learning, 2014
Early intervention is key for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), and therefore early assessment is crucial. Information from parents about children's current ability and their developmental history can make valid and useful contributions to developmental assessments. Parental input is also important in early education…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Young Children, Child Development, Disabilities
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Grima-Farrell, Christine – Support for Learning, 2014
The knowledge and practices associated with improved outcomes for readers have yielded converging evidence about practices associated with improved reading outcomes for primary students. This considerable intervention knowledge can be beneficial for English teachers working with struggling secondary readers. Fluency is one critical element that…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Oral Reading, Prevention, At Risk Students
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Crombie, Richard; Sullivan, Lesley; Walker, Kate; Warnock, Rebecca – Support for Learning, 2014
This article describes a three-year project undertaken at Pear Tree School for children and young people with severe and multiple and profound learning difficulties. Lesley Sullivan, the school's head teacher, believed that much of the value within the work of this outstanding school went unidentified by existing approaches to planning, monitoring…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Schools, Severe Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities
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Glazzard, Jonathan – Support for Learning, 2014
This article illustrates, through the story of one mainstream primary school, the tensions between the inclusion agenda and the standards agenda. The school is situated in an area of social deprivation and nearly half of the school population have been identified as having special educational needs. The story presented in this article illustrates…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Mainstreaming, Elementary Schools, Inclusion
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Glazzard, Jonathan – Support for Learning, 2014
This study is a life history account of Bev, a special educational needs co-ordinator who works in a primary school in England. The research examines how, within Bev's experiences, the discourses of integration and inclusion have affected learners with special educational needs. Additionally, the study examines the impact of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education, Coordinators, Elementary Schools
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