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Supporting pupils with special health needs in mainstream schools: policy and practice

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JournalChildren & Society
DatePublished - 2001
Issue number2
Volume15
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)57-69
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Education policy favouring inclusion, together with medical advances, mean that a growing number of pupils in mainstream schools may have health-related support needs in respect of a chronic illness or physical disability. Data from an empirical research study investigating these needs and carried out between 1996 and 1998 are used to reflect on the position of this group of pupils within policy guidance on special educational needs (SEN) and medical needs. Evidence of confusion and ambiguity, both in the guidance and its interpretation, suggests that the needs of this group remain somewhat hidden. More recent developments in special needs policy guidance are discussed in terms of the prospect for strengthening support for this group of pupils.

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  • ill/disabled children, social care services issues

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