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All together now: why mainstream and specialist schools should collaborate

We must ensure that schools work in tandem to enable children with SEND to thrive, says Simon Knight

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Education can be a bit of a binary space at times, divided by the politics of “either, or”. This can be the case in special educational needs and disability (SEND) teaching, where collaboration between the specialist and mainstream sectors is variable to say the least. This is unfortunate, as there are a number of ways in which working together can have a transformative impact, on learning and on communities. When I was deputy headteacher at Frank Wise, a special school in Banbury, Oxfordshire, we made sure these cross-sector relationships were built – and they had a significant impact on both ...

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