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Title: Students with special educational needs enrolled on supported learning courses within a further education (FE) college : professionals' views of the potential contribution from educational psychologists
Author: Clarke, Eleanor
ISNI:       0000 0004 5357 6986
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2014
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Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms are due to come into force in Local Authorities from September 2014. Accordingly, services need to consider how they can meet the aims of supporting Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities up to age 25. Educational Psychologists currently offer support to young people whilst they attend school and many Educational Psychology Services will need to consider how to extend their support in view of the SEND reforms. This case study explores the views of professionals, within one LA, of how the EPS and local Further Education College can work collaboratively. Participants include EPs, College Tutors, the SEN Team and the Connexions service. Data was gathered using interviews with Managers and focus groups with main-grade professionals and analysed using Thematic Analysis. Implications for the EPS within this LA are proposed, considering supportive factors, potential constraints and considerations that need to be given to the relationship before it is initiated. Proposed next steps include: explaining the role of an EP to the College staff, their partners, LLDDs and families to ensure the service is used effectively and efficiently; offering consultation and training to College staff and ensuring there is sufficient EP resource to meet the needs of the College prior to establishing a relationship.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.App.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: L Education (General) ; LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education