Building bridges with other schools: educational partnerships in separate settings in England

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Abstract

This paper considers the ways in which special schools work in partnership with other organisation in order to meet the support needs of their pupils and enhance their educational provision. Data is taken from interviews in 2009 and 2010 with staff, pupils and governors at four different special schools in England. Schools appeared proactive and creative in seeking opportunities for partnership and collaborative activity with other organisations and with individuals. Partnerships with support services from different agencies were often well-established. All faced challenges, however, in engaging mainstream schools in collaborative work beyond sharing facilities. The paper highlights the different challenges faced by special and mainstream schools regarding partnership work to support pupils with special educational needs.
Translated title of the contributionBuilding bridges with other schools: educational partnerships in separate settings in England
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-90
Number of pages7
JournalSupport for Learning
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2012

Keywords

  • partnerships
  • collaborative work
  • special schools
  • integrated services
  • curriculum development

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