When Chris Dyson took over at Parklands Primary School, there had been 150 exclusions in the previous year and morale was at an all-time low. By addressing the underlying wellbeing issues, he is now head of a school that is in the top 1% nationally for maths and which has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.
In ECJ 6.2 we introduced you to some of the brilliant work being done in Turkey to help students develop numeracy skills. Professor Hakan Sari, Hatice Gokdag, Tugba Pursun and Dr Seyda Sari revisit this topic, highlighting the results of a new study on effective numeracy development in special schools.
By the time students are in Post-16 education, they are well on their path to adulthood. For SEND students, this can be a particularly challenging time as they are forced to navigate increased independence and considerations of work and higher level studies. Lainy Russell of Achieving Further offers simple solutions for teachers supporting students through this important transition time.
But it needs serious tutor training in communication and social skills, and in
depth thinking about the learning process, as Rosalyn Mark reports on the
findings of her school research project.