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Capacity Building GILLIAN BOYD. Numbers of children with statements in mainstream schools. 1996/72.5% of total school population statemented 2.65% 3.9% 2009/10 4.1% .

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Capacity building gillian boyd

Capacity BuildingGILLIAN BOYD

Numbers of children with statements in mainstream schools

Numbers of children with statements in mainstream schools

1996/72.5% of total school population statemented

  • 2.65%

  • 3.9%

    2009/10 4.1%

Capacity building gillian boyd

  • 2008/958,872 children and young people with SEN

  • 2009/10 63,100

  • 19.2% of the school population

  • 13,567 with statements

Children s placements

Children’s placements

  • Currently 69.3% of children with statements of SEN in mainstream schools, or units attached to mainstream.

  • 30.7% of children with statements in special schools.

Capacity building gillian boyd

The Inclusion of Pupils with Statements of Special Education Needs in Mainstream Primary and Post-primary Schools Survey 2003

The findings indicated -

  • Further training required.

  • Better partnerships needed.

  • More effective monitoring of the provision for the pupils with statements needed.

Chief inspector s report 2006 2008

Chief Inspector’s Report 2006 - 2008

‘ The provision of good support for those pupils with special educational needs is improving but in the majority of schools inspected it is not good enough.’

‘Schools need to further their capacity to identify and meet needs early and to monitor and track the pupils’ progress over time.’

De plans

DE plans

A significant capacity-building programme is planned for all school staff; development of this is currently being planned and carried out.

ETI has been commissioned to develop SEN standards and indicators and whole school guidance.



  • Meetings have been held with a selection of mainstream schools, teachers, DE officials, ETI, RTU and ELB.

  • A workshop has been held for representatives from schools in 5 ELB.

  • Meetings with England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland are underway.

Workshop questions and answers re mainstream schools

WorkshopQuestions and Answers re mainstream schools

  • Profiles of children with SEN

    Behaviour, speech and language, ADHD, ASD, specific learning difficulties, dyslexia, following instructions, social skills, fine and gross motor skills, lack of parental support.

  • How these needs impact on classroom management

    Different types of SEN impact on each other, non-SEN children affected, difficult classroom management, support for behaviour needed, a classroom assistant is essential.

Workshop continued

Workshop continued

  • Assessment

    Standardised tests, class tests, teacher observations, SENCO expertise, outside agencies

  • Interventions used

    Class teacher, teacher with advice from SENCO, parental views, withdrawal support, consultations with EP,

Workshop continued1

Workshop continued

  • Evaluation of progress

    Evidence from tests (standardised and class), IEP a working document, discussion of progress with teacher, parents, children, Annual reviews, meetings with outside agencies.

Workshop continued2

Workshop continued

  • Support from outside agencies

    MASTS, Behaviour Support Team, EP, CAHMS, ASD Support Service, ELB outreach.

  • Skills teachers have

    Effective teaching strategies, experience, patience and understanding, empathy, good time management skills, flexible, differentiation skills.

Workshop continued3

Workshop continued

  • Teachers need further development in -

    Coherent training/PD opportunities, IEP writing, effective strategies for teaching reading, (particularly phonics), examples of good classroom practice, managing differentiation, skilled SENCO, time to work with C/A, knowledge of medical/SEN conditions.

Workshop continued4

Workshop continued

  • What types of PD training are most effective?

    Dissemination of good practice –within and beyond school, cluster groups, free training – NI based, knowledge of effective practical strategies, free resources, need for whole school approach.

Workshop continued5

Workshop continued

  • What are the challenges of organising SEN support for the school principal?

    Increasing numbers, wide variety and complexity of SEN needs, more work with outside agencies, need for the school to be strategic in planning for SEN, bigger administrative workload, time, implementing a whole school approach, monitoring and evaluating SEN practice school wide, organising safe handling training (must be accredited).

Capacity building

Capacity Building

Professional development of school workforce so they are:

  • better equipped to meet the challenge of diverse range of needs

  • able to identify and provide relevant interventions to improve the outcomes for the child.

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