How do we judge the success of a Special School?


There has been a lot of talk recently about progress and what it looks like, how do we measure it, should we measure it, why do some make it and others don’t, how can we close the gap…

But within the context of Special Education the debate is being somewhat stifled as we still have the P-levels, indefinitely.

Whilst the mainstream is looking for alternatives to the National Curriculum levels, in Special schools we still have to report against a statutory tool that is of questionable quality.

Others have developed approaches, both school led, such as MAPP and government led such as Routes for Learning. But these supplementary tools still focus on a measure of progress within the context of taught education. What they don’t measure is the impact of that progress.

Within the context of an educational system which is sharply focussed on economic outcomes, the social justice models…

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