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The SEN Handbook for Trainee Teachers, NQTs and Teaching Assistants

2nd Edition

By Wendy Spooner


120 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2010-10-29
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Accessibly written with the needs of trainee teachers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants in mind, this new edition of Wendy Spooner’s popular SEN Handbook provides an up-to-the-minute introduction to key issues.

Student teachers and teaching assistants will find the case studies and vignettes invaluable as they bring these issues to life, and present important opportunities for reflection on how these issues relate to practice.

Core standards for teachers, QTS and HLTA qualifications are highlighted enabling the reader to understand exactly what is expected of them – and how to achieve it. Coverage includes:

  • self-assessment of your own attitudes towards SEN issues
  • legal definitions and current legislation and guidance
  • identification, assessment and support for children with SENs across the Key Stages
  • issues of inclusion and exclusion
  • a range of teaching approaches and strategies
  • school-based training and SEN issues that may arise
  • further reading, websites and resources lists.

Practical and comprehensive, this is an invaluable resource for all teaching professionals working towards providing inclusive learning environments.


'The SEN Handbook for Trainee Teachers, NQTs and Teaching Assistants by Wendy Spooner is a comprehensive guide to working with children with special educational needs. Linked to National Standards, and created in collaboration with nasen, it is packed with relevant, up-to-date information.' - Junior Education Plus

About the Author

Wendy Spooner has been a teacher in primary, secondary and special schools and a university lecturer on ITT courses. She is now a freelance education consultant.

About the Series

nasen spotlight

The nasen spotlight series provides practical guidance and tried-and-tested resources for all schools and professionals involved in supporting Special Educational Needs. Written by leading experts and covering a wide range of important issues relating to SEN, the books include accessible explanations and examples of best practice, as well as tools and techniques that you can use to improve provision in school. Several new books are published each year to reflect your changing professional needs, and the whole series is brought to you by nasen, the leading organisation representing SEN professionals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General