Complex Needs Modules to go Europe wide.

An innovative project , co ordinated by Leeds Beckett University in the UK, will see the Complex Needs modules translated into Spanish , German, Turkish, and Bulgarian! This development , funded by the European Union Erasmus Programme, affirms the high quality and innovative nature of these materials.
The focus of the Project will be staff training in the field of Intellectual Disability , and will be co ordinated by Nick Mitchell , Principal Programme Consultant at Leeds Beckett university. Jo Egerton , who worked on the original Complex Needs Module Project in the UK, will be the Research Fellow for this European Project.
Details of the Project as linked below.
Professor Barry Carpenter, who was Director of the original Complex Needs Research Project in the UK, and who oversaw the development of  the original  training modules in English  ( http://www.complexneeds., said at the inaugural meeting of the European Project Group, itide, “ This is a marvellous opportunity to bring to staff working with children with Intellectual Disabilities across Europe, the innovative and groundbreaking work that the Team behind the original modules put together. I am delighted to think that our legacy will have such a potentially transformative impact.”

New Guidance for Parents of Children with Special Needs and Disabilities, on the recent SEN reforms.

This resource from ‘Contact a Family’ offers guidance on the recent reforms to funding for students with SEN.


Parental Guidance

New book launched with a focus on Teacher Inquiry in Special Educational Needs.

This new book , written by Surrey Teachers of children with a range of SEN. clearly demonstrates how we can find the evidence for our interventions, and create new ones where they do not exist. It  helpfully moves us on as a profession from evidence based practice to inquiry focussed practice, enabling a differentiated and personalised response to a child’s unique profile of learning needs.


Surrey Schools Flyer

Mental Health Standards for Schools.

Mental Health Standards for Schools.

The focus in the new Code of Practice ( Special Educational Needs ), on ‘ Social, Mental and Emotional Health’, will bring a new challenge to schools , but a timely one. At long last teachers have a mandate to do something constructive in the area of Mental Health, and create a curriculum and pedagogy around Emotional Well Being.
Even the Office of National statistics has reported that for every 5 children on a school’s SEN Register, 3 will experience some mental health issue. In the area of Autism it is 6 in every 10 pupils.
With this clear mandate from the DfE we can move forward to help our pupils and students with Mental Health needs. The new Mental Health Standards, published by Butterfly Print,(, offers excellent guidance on how to do this is a coherent and systemic way.This company also produces Mental Health journals which would work really well in giving focussed support to children with these needs in schools settings.
I highly recommend these materials.

Complex Needs in the Primary Classroom

The article on pages 1 -6 of the Special Education Resource Journal ( Special Issue), documents research carried out in a Primary Classroom, as part of the National DfE funded Project on Children with Complex learning Difficulties and Disabilities. Professor Carpenter presents the work with the Primary Class Teacher, Debbie Wiggett, and two members of the CLDD Project Research Team, Bev Cockbill and Jo Egerton.

The article can be accessed through this link