Managing early years inclusive transition practices

To compare the transition policies and practices employed by mainstream schools for young children with special needs in the North and South of Ireland. Specifically, he project aims to document the policies (at government, local authority and school level)  that direct and influence the transition process; to explore the differing practices and strategies employed by …
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Addressing fundamental movement skill training: Learning to move, moving to learn

The aim of this research project is to: to prepare a summary of existing research on best practice in effective fundamental movement skill development in the work place (within and beyond education) (b) to analyse different models of fundamental movement skill training in physical education teacher education in two research sites, and to compare them …
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EDLAW Conference: Contemporary Legal Issues for Management and Staff in Educational Settings: Exploring Legislation, Litigation, Approaches and Strategies and Implications for Teacher Education.

The central questions to be explored are: How can educational management and staff prepare for, deal with, and respond to a range of legal issues which challenge educational settings today? What implications does this have for teacher education EDLaw Final Report   


Makaton: an introduction

Makaton is a language programme which involves speech and gesture, eye contact, body language and facial expression.  It is based on a series of basic everyday words and uses speech as well as gesture and/or signs.  Children who may be experiencing difficulty with their speech often find it much easier to understand and communicate using …
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Global Developmental Delay: what is it?

Global Developmental Delay (GDD) is a subset of developmental disabilities with early onset and relates to children who experience significant delay in two or more developmental domains (e.g. gross/fine motor, speech/language, cognition, social/emotional) compared to their chronological peers. The term GDD is often reserved for younger children (under 5 years of age).  The prevalence of …
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Moderate Learning Difficulties: unravelling the confusion

Origins In 1978 the Warnock Report introduced the term ‘moderate learning difficulties’ (MLD) to replace the formal term ‘educationally sub-normal to a moderate degree’ or ESN (M) introduced in 1945.  Ironically, although one of the main aims of the Warnock Report was to move away from a medical model in which children were labelled according …
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Disablist bullying: An investigation of student teachers’ knowledge and confidence

The aim of the research project is to investigate: The knowledge of disablist bullying by student teachers’ in both jurisdictions, The confidence of student teachers’ in both jurisdictions in dealing with disablist bullying. Looking at priorities for North/South Initial Teacher Education in moving towards improving the preparation of teachers to address effectively the issue of …
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Quest for Learning

Guidance and Assessment Materials for Children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties Quest for learning is the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment’s (CCEA) first assessment tool and comprehensive guidance materials to support the teaching and learning of Northern Ireland pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD).  It was launched at the Dunadry …
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Alternative Education Provision (NI)

In recent years a number of different forms of Alternative Education Provision (AEP) have emerged in Northern Ireland and three of these were the focus of a major study conducted for the Department of Education (DENI, 2007) by Rosemary Kilpatrick, Claire McCartan and Penny McKeown with Tony Gallagher. The three forms considered in the study were the …
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Supporting Special Educational Needs in Initial Teacher Training

This section of the site has been set up as a resource for students and new teachers in mainstream classes to further their knowledge and help them understand and provide for the special needs of many children in their classes. Your ideas and opinions are important to us and we would appreciate your suggestions for …
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