News: Pioneering Approach To Special Education Needs
Friday, 18th June 2004
Lancashire is leading the way in developing Maths for pupils with special educational needs.
More than 100 people attended a conference dedicated to raising the profile of the subject in special schools for pupils aged 11 to 14.
Teachers from special schools and representatives from LEAs in Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside attended the one day conference hosted by Lancashire County Council.
Susan Slater, who is Key Stage 3 Maths Regional Director for the North East, provided the keynote speech and is planning to organise similar conferences for the rest of the country.
Feedback from those who attended the conference suggested teachers are keen for specific training on how to teach Maths to SEN pupils instead of simply having to adapt the national curriculum.
As very little work has been done nationally to address the issue, Lancashire is hoping to organise a similar conference next year and will invite teachers to share their experiences.
Key Stage 3 Maths Consultant at Lancashire County Council, Joe Murray, said:
"The conference was such a success that it is likely to lead to consultants from other areas of the country organising something similar.
"This is a relatively undeveloped area, but one which Lancashire is keen to take the lead on.
"A team of advisers from LEAs all over the North West worked together on the conference.
"We received the same message from everyone - it is difficult to adapt mainstream teaching materials to suit SEN pupils.
"When we hold the conference next year we will be keen to hear more personal testaments from teachers."
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