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Mainstreaming Pupils with Special Educational Needs: an evaluation

DescriptionWeb only research report accompanying Insight 27
ISBN07559 2901 2
Official Print Publication DateJanuary 2006
Website Publication DateJanuary 13, 2006


Anne Pirrie, George Head, Paul Brna
The SCRE Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow

ISBN 0 7559 2901 2 (Web only publication)
ISSN 0950 2254

This document is also available in pdf format (898k)



Executive summary

1 Introduction and background
1.1 Introduction
1.2 About the evaluation
1.3 Objectives
1.4 About this report

2 Setting the scene
2.1 The bigger picture
2.2 The policy framework
2.3 From integration to inclusion
2.4 Discussion
2.5 Issues for further consideration

3 Developing policy and practice
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Scope of the local authority survey
3.3 Policy development in the field of SEN
3.4 Grounds for exemption
3.5 Summary
3.6 Discussion
3.7 Key messages for policy-makers and providers

4 Moving to mainstream
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Devising strategies for mainstreaming
4.3 Developing and disseminating guidelines
4.4 Making mainstreaming work
4.5 Summary
4.6 Discussion
4.7 Issues for further consideration

5 Impact on the special school sector
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Staffing
5.3 Teaching and learning in special schools
5.4 Summary
5.5 Discussion
5.6 Issues for further consideration

6 Key messages
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Key messages for the Scottish Executive
6.3 Key messages Scottish local authorities



Appendix 1: Methodology

Appendix 2: Figures 1-8 Diagrams relating to cross-authority placements in the former Strathclyde and Lothian Regions
Table 1: Pupils in local authority special schools/mainstream schools, by authority (2002)
Table 2: Policy and legislation in respect of children and young people with special educational needs ( SEN)

Appendix 3: Table 1: Special school provision, by authority
Table 2: Moving to mainstream, by authority

Appendix 4: Table 1: Key elements of mainstreaming strategies, by authority
Table 2: Local authority perspectives on inclusion in mainstream primary and secondary schools

The views expressed in the report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Scottish Executive or any other organisation(s) by which the author(s) is/are employed.

The Scottish Executive is making this research report available on-line in order to provide access to its contents for those interested in the subject. The Executive commissioned the research but has not exercised editorial control over the report.

This web only report is accompanied by a summary in the Education Research Insight series "Insight 27: Mainstreaming pupils with special educational needs".

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The reports were published in January 2006.