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Forging a new partnership to help pupils with SEND succeed

An alliance between a teacher, Charlotte Junker, and a speech and language therapist, Natacha Capener, not only resulted in GCSE passes for students, but also offered them some much-improved life skills

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We were nervous. It was May 2017 and our students were about to take their English GCSE. The eight wonderful young people in front of us all faced significant special educational needs and disability (SEND) barriers, and just two years ago we had doubted that they would even be entered for these exams. At the time, we didn’t want to set them up for failure – but nor did we want to underestimate their potential. So we made a decision to try something new.

Our work up to that point had suggested that we had made the right decision. These hard-working pupils had been the first to go through a new ...

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