Chapter 9

A new role for a support service

Linda Harland

Support services for children with learning difficulties changed in many LEAs during the 1980s in response to changing conceptions of learning difficulties and learning support. Many support teachers took on wider responsibilities. They worked with a wider range of pupils; they increasingly provided support in mainstream classes; they became involved in making the whole curriculum accessible to pupils; they became consultants to class and subject teachers. In this chapter, Linda Harland gives an account of the way in which these changes were made in one LEA’s support service. She describes how three support teachers dealt with the changes in some of the schools in which they worked. She ...

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