First published in 1992. At one level, this book is about the care and education of children with very special needs. The needs result from emotional damage which impinges on their lives both at school and at home. At another level, it is about the development of a holistic approach to education – applicable to all children generally.
The first part of the book describes the Raddery experience – a school set up in 1979 based on a holistic and therapeutic community approach to children with special needs. The second part of the book examines the implications of the Raddery experience for educational and child-care policy and practice at a time when there has been growing emphasis on integrating children with special needs into mainstream schools. Are the needs of the children at Raddery very different from others who have been successfully retained in normal classes? If Raddery, and schools like it, have a particular contribution, what is their secret? Can it be shared with ordinary schools?
Table of Contents
Foreword Sir Kenneth Alexander; 1. Introduction – A Very Special School for Children with Very Special Needs; Part One: The Raddery Experience; 2. Raddery as a Community 3. Raddery as a School 4. The Raddery Experience Viewed by Children, Parents and Staff 5. Raddery in Context; Part Two: Policy and Practice Implications; 6. Residential Child Care 7. Special Education 8. Preparation for Inter-Dependant Living 9. Return to Raddery and Summary of Conclusions; Index