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Learning Support Units: Principles, Practice and Evaluation. By Jane McSherry. David Fulton. pound;17

There has been a lack of practical literature on learning support units and this book, which offers useful advice on running one, will be welcomed by managers and Sencos.

The author recognises that the success of any unit depends on developing a whole school approach to supporting pupils with challenging behaviours. She also recognises the importance of clear exitentry criteria and the challenges of re-integration.

Each chapter includes case studies that highlight innovative practice.

These offer a valuable insight into the perspectives of staff, senior managers and education authorities - but a pupil view would have been a revealing addition.

The end of each chapter provides suggestions for taking ideas forward, and the appendix includes photocopiable resources that offer a range of ideas, from seating plans to staff and pupil questionnaires.

David Bartram

Learning support manager, Lampton school, Hounslow

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